New U.S. Children’s Bureau Funding for the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, MSU School of Social Work

$24 million award for Institute to help child welfare agencies recruit and retain skilled workers

EAST LANSING, MI (October 25, 2018) — The U.S. Children’s Bureau has announced that the University at Albany’s School of Social Welfare is the recipient of new funding to continue leading the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI). The $24 million award will be paid over a five-year period that began on Sept. 29. The award is a renewal of funding received in 2008 and again in 2014.

UAlbany is the administrative center for this award, and sub-contracts with partners for specific parts of the work, including the Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver; the School of Social Work at Michigan State University; the Cutler Institute at the Muskie School of Public Service; University of Southern Maine; and the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland.

The School of Social Work at Michigan State University has provided leadership for the University Partnerships component of NCWWI since 2008. In this role, MSU facilitates and supports the development of partnerships between Schools of Social Work and public and tribal child welfare systems in selected jurisdictions. Director of the MSU School of Social Work, John Mooradian, notes, “This award represents a significant and ongoing investment in development of the child welfare workforce, that is dedicated to ensuring the safety and positive development of children. It also recognizes and strengthens the enduring collaboration between universities, tribal nations, and public providers, in service to the public good. We are exceptionally proud of the contributions made by our faculty and students, including the leadership of Dr. Gary Anderson, Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, Joanne Riebschleger, and Gretchen Archer.”

For a child welfare agency to achieve its mission, it must attract, develop and retain a skilled and ready workforce, said Nancy Claiborne, Co-Principal Investigator of NCWWI from U Albany. “Often the complex, crisis-oriented and fast-paced nature of the work can distract agencies from ensuring their most valuable asset — the workforce,” she said.

The Institute serves as a center for excellence in workforce development for state, county and not-for-profit child welfare agencies, as well as for Native American tribes that provide child welfare services to their tribal members. The Institute will develop ways to help child welfare agencies recruit, develop, and retain skilled staff; foster adaptive change-oriented leadership at all levels; build agency climates that support the implementation of promising and evidence-supported practices to ensure the well-being of staff and families; and engage academic partners to educate child welfare professionals.

Information about NCWWI’s current work, including the Workforce Development Framework, workforce focused resources and toolkits, and the Real Stories from the Field Series, is available at www.MyNCWWI.org.

For information about the University Partnerships component, contact Cheryl Williams-Hecksel at the MSU School of Social Work will1534@msu.edu.

Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson
Cheryl Williams-Hecksel
Cheryl Williams-Hecksel
Joanne Riebschleger
Joanne Riebschleger
Gretchen Archer
Gretchen Archer