Child Welfare Workforce Excellence Fellows Program

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The University of Pittsburgh’s Child Welfare and Research Programs recently concluded a five-year workforce development project in August of 2023.  Funded by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute the University of Pittsburgh was one of seven Workforce Excellence sites across the country.  

In partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, the School of Social Work provided fellowship opportunities to prepare MSW students for a career in public child welfare with a focus on anti-racist practice with families and communities.  Participants engaged in child welfare internships, foundational child welfare training, focused advising and mentorship, and educational enrichment activities.   Opportunities to join agency work groups targeting organizational change strategies provided Fellows with exposure to a culture of continuous improvement.

We congratulate our Child Welfare Workforce Excellence Fellows for their dedication and commitment to children, youth, and families!

  • Joyce Eveleth (April 2020) 
  • Sarah Barninger (December 2020)
  • Queanna Osborne (December 2020)
  • Ciera James (May 2021)
  • Siobhan Rubio (December 2021)
  • Rachel Durkee (April 2022)
  • Jayna Lee (April 2022)
  • Katlyn Oliver (August 2022)
  • Ashley Young (April 2022)
  • Kate Casto (April 2023)
  • Kassie Cowles (April 2023)
  • Makayla Jones (April 2023)
  • Skylyn Torres (April 2023)
  • Skyra Heckman (August 2023)
  • Shataya Taylor (August 2023)