Workforce Development Month

Child Welfare Workforce Development Month

NCWWI and the Children’s Bureau are so excited that September is just around the corner!

  • For child welfare professionals, it’s a time to celebrate your achievements, connect with colleagues, and get recharged for the year ahead.
  • For child welfare leaders, it’s a time to focus on how to better support and recognize your workforce.
  • For social work students, it’s an opportunity to learn about child welfare practice.
  • For social work programs and faculty, it’s an opportunity to refresh child welfare curriculum with the latest resources.

Child Welfare Worker Recognition Event

As part of Child Welfare Worker Appreciation Week, September 12-16, 2022, NCWWI and the Children’s Bureau are hosting a one-hour virtual recognition event on Tuesday, September 13 at 3:00 pm EDT. This event is about taking time to reflect, connect, and recharge. You do so much for others, so we hope you’ll join in and encourage those around you to do the same!

Providing National Recognition

We are seeking thank you messages, video clips, and images for this year’s Child Welfare Worker Recognition Event (and may be shared on social media too). Thank you messages will be shown at the beginning of this year’s recognition event and we’ll close the event with a thank you video made up of the video clips and images submitted. Just fill out the form and submit files by EOD August 31, 2022.

Recognition Event Planning

For those planning local events, be sure to download the 2022 Recognition Event Kit, and visit the Web page below for marketing materials, graphics, and customizable templates.

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2022 Poster
Recognition Event Kit


In September 2017, NCWWI celebrated the first National Child Welfare Workforce Development Month. Our intent was to help child welfare programs develop a comprehensive approach to stimulating the health of their workforce by sharing tools and resources. It was also to honor the hard work of child welfare professionals in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families in our communities. That same year, the Senate passed a bipartisan resolution to recognize September as “National Workforce Development Month” in order to promote federal workforce development investments to ensure the country’s economic competitiveness. Every year we look to build on the original celebration by finding new and exciting ways to show appreciation to our workforce. We hope you’ll celebrate with us every September.