Child Welfare Education and Research Programs

Child welfare is one of the oldest fields of social work specialization and practice. Public child welfare agencies exist by federal law in every county in the United States. Careers in child welfare include protective services to address child abuse and neglect; kinship and foster care; adoption; group and residential care; trauma-informed treatments for children and parents; family support programs; and work with family courts, schools, and early intervention programs.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Child Welfare Education and Research Programs address the goal of strengthening child welfare services in Pennsylvania by providing opportunities for child- and family-focused undergraduate and graduate social work education to address recruitment and retention within the child welfare workforce. An education and career ladder for employees of public child welfare agencies is one of many strategies aimed at improving outcomes for children and families.

Administered by the School of Social Work, the Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates (CWEB) and Child Welfare Education for Leadership (CWEL) programs represent a cooperative effort among the federal Administration for Children and Families, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the Pennsylvania Children & Youth Administrators, and 16 accredited schools of social work in Pennsylvania.

The program also offers a Children Youth and Families Certificate Program (CYFCP) designed to prepare graduates of the MSW program to provide services to at-risk children and families through a wide range of public and private agencies.

Interested in learning more about the history of Child Welfare in the school and in the Pittsburgh region? Check out From Almshouses to Excellence: A History of Child Welfare in Allegheny County.

Child Welfare Resource Center

The Child Welfare Resource Center (CWRC) provides training, technical assistance, transfer of learning, organizational effectiveness, and support for best practice to the child welfare workforce within Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.  

For more information on CWRC, please contact:
403 East Winding Hill Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Fax: 717-795-8013


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