Child Welfare Education and Research Programs

Youth at the Pitt-Johnstown foster youth retreat

The Child Welfare Education and Research Programs provide a continuum of professional development programs designed to prepare, strengthen and enhance the child welfare workforce.  Our degree education programs, Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates (CWEB) and Child Welfare Education for Leadership (CWEL), offer child-and family-focused undergraduate and graduate social work education across 16 universities.   Our newest program, the Child Welfare Workforce Excellence Fellows (CWWEF) is available to University of Pittsburgh MSW students in collaboration with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.  Training, technical assistance and targeted organizational interventions are provided to the public child welfare workforce throughout Pennsylvania by the Child Welfare Resource Center (CWRC).  These programs are a cooperative effort among the federal Administration for Children and Families, the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, the Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators and 16 schools of social work.

Children, Youth & Families Certificate

The Children, Youth and Families Certificate Program is designed to prepare MSW program graduates to provide services to at-risk children and families through a wide range of public and private agencies. 

NEW! Child Welfare Workforce Excellence Fellows Program

The purpose is to prepare MSW students to enter the field of child welfare through specialized coursework and internships.

Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates (CWEB)

The CWEB program is a cooperative effort among the United States Administration for Children and Families, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, and fifteen undergraduate social work degree programs in Pennsylvania.

Child Welfare Education for Leadership (CWEL)

The CWEL program is a cooperative effort among the United States Administration for Children and Families, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, the Pennsylvania Child and Youth Administrators and twelve accredited schools of social work in Pennsylvania.

CWERP Annual Report

Annual accomplishments of the CWEB and CWEL programs.

Project Descriptions & Implementation

The intent of the CWEB and CWEL initiatives is to provide programs which will make undergraduate and graduate social work education available to qualified, prospective public child welfare workers and current county child welfare agency employees throughout Pennsylvania. 

Child Welfare Resource Center

The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center is a national  leader in advocating for an enhanced quality of life for Pennsylvania’s children, youth, and families.

Act 31 On-line Training

The School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh through its Child Welfare Resource Center and Continuing Education Program offers Act 31 On-line Training for LSW/LCSW, LPC, and LMFT professionals in Pennsylvania.

Contact Us

Contact the Child Welfare team.