Workforce Development Month

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Celebrated in September each year, Workforce Development Month recognizes child welfare professionals for their work to help families stay together and to protect children from abuse.

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Celebrate Child Welfare Worker Appreciation Week September 14-18, 2020. Join co-hosts NCWWI and the Children’s Bureau for a one-hour virtual recognition event on September 15 at 3:00 pm ET. It's an opportunity to get inspired and refocused on the heart work. Hear from child welfare leaders and service recipients expressing their appreciation for how you've adjusted your practice to serve families and children under such unprecedented and challenging conditions. Registration opening soon.

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Child welfare work is not rocket science; it is much harder and more complicated and often requires life-changing decisions by child welfare professionals. The real challenges of child welfare work - low pay, a ton of paperwork, high caseloads, and upset parents - mask the motivation of competent, committed, and resilient child welfare staff who believe they can make a positive difference. And with persistence, skills, and support they do! The workforce is a child welfare program's most important asset and a community's link to improved outcomes for children, youth, and families. During this month of celebration, we ask our child welfare program leaders to review these highlighted workforce development resources and identify the effective workforce and evidence-based strategies needed to improve the health and support of the workforce.

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We know that you have limited time - that's why we developed convenient ways for you to continue your professional development. The easiest way to get started is to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and/or Instagram so you can conveniently receive information about new resources, best practices in the field, and self-care tips. Also, check out our 1-pager, 6 Ways to Keep Learning, to discover additional tools that can enhance your impact. 

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During the month of September, all our social media posts will be child welfare workforce-related resources and we hope you'll share those resources that you feel would be beneficial to your colleagues/staff/students. Access pre-written, customizable content to promote workforce development month.