May 2024

Dear colleagues,

This is the last newsletter you will receive from the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI). Thanks to the generous funding provided by the Children’s Bureau, NCWWI has had the incredible privilege of supporting the child welfare workforce for 15 years. We will reach the end of our funding on September 30, 2024. As we wind down, we will continue to post resources and lessons learned during our projects on our website; however, our dissemination through email and social media ends this month. Please note:

  • Social Media: We will stop posting on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram on May 31, 2024. We’ll keep the accounts open until September 30, 2024, so you can save your bookmarks.  
  • Website: will remain accessible until September 30, 2025. Please finish courses and download resources you’d like to continue to use past this date. If you have an account, log in to download your ‘My Resources’ and print ‘My Transcript’ for your professional development files. If you have any questions or concerns, please email
  • Online Courses: NCWWI online courses can now be uploaded to your organization's learning management system. They are available as SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, and Tin Can/xAPI. Please email for download instructions.
  • Technical Assistance: If you need help with NCWWI products or are looking for technical assistance with your workforce needs, please email Robin Leake,, who will connect you with the relevant personnel. You can also explore the Butler Institute for Families' Working Well Collaborative website to explore the available services.

For many of us here at NCWWI, this project has been the highlight of our careers. We are proud of our efforts to create more equitable organizations and support the child welfare workforce at all levels. We are committed to continuing this work and will do our best to maintain our connections with you as we move on to other projects.

Recognizing the Workforce

If you are interested in planning an annual worker recognition event this year, check out our previous events for inspiration. These events helped child welfare programs develop a comprehensive approach to improving the health of their workforce, celebrated the achievements of child welfare professionals, and promoted the profession. Contact Arleen Rodriguez-Jacoby if you have questions about future Children's Bureau events.

Recognizing the workforce requires year-round engagement. Employees crave recognition, and its importance can not be understated - it encourages employee engagement, is a positive motivator, decreases turnover, and helps team members overcome uncertainty. Effective praise must be genuine and specific. Appreciation should be customized so ask, "What's the best way to show you that I/we appreciate your efforts?" We've provided a few no-cost ideas below.

  • Call out staff or team achievements during large meetings
  • Add kudos to meeting agendas to encourage peer-to-peer recognition
  • Provide more autonomy
  • Set up a wall of fame bulletin board
  • Have a notable executive or elder send a letter of gratitude
  • Detail accomplishments in the employee's file
  • Write a LinkedIn recommendation
  • Mail a handwritten note

Latest NCWWI Resources

We are excited to share our latest resources with you. As noted above, our website and all of our resources will remain available to the public through September 2025.

Integrated Curriculum Guide for Social Work Practice With American Indians and Alaska Natives in Child Welfare

This guide provides a curricular framework based upon the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards that focuses on knowledge, skills, values, and evidenced-based practices that social work students must apply when working with AIAN children and families.

NCWWI Interdisciplinary Education Projects

This video and infographic share wisdom and experiences of our and the skills needed for effective interdisciplinary approaches. We hope these resources support your efforts toward interdisciplinary education and practice.

Intercultural Development Inventory

This video will help you learn more about the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and how it can help you learn and grow. Contact Robin Leake ( if you would like support for using the IDI in your agency or program.

Work with Purpose Campaign

The Work With Purpose recruitment campaign materials are intended to support your recruitment efforts. Download high-level campaign messaging and customizable recruitment materials to reach qualified applicants.

Leadership Academy Implementation Guide

This guide leverages NCWWI’s extensive experience implementing the Academy in diverse organizations using multiple training formats to support organizations explore, plan, implement, evaluate, and sustain the Academy.

Workforce Resources from the Children's Bureau

The following workforce resources are available from the Children's Bureau:

  • Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative. The Collaborative is a partnership among three centers: the Center for States, the Center for Tribes, and the Center for Courts. It is designed to help child welfare agencies and courts in states, tribes, and territories to build capacity and improve practice.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway. CWIG provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, podcasts, and online databases covering a wide range of child welfare topics, including workforce, child abuse prevention, family preservation, foster care, domestic and intercountry adoption, search and reunion, and much more.
  • The Center for Workforce Equity and Leadership (CWEL. CWEL's mission is to advance equity and social justice within the child welfare workforce and improve workforce recruitment and retention through site-specific support.
  • Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Analytics. The Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Analytics (QIC-WA) will work with a mix of tribal and public child welfare agencies to implement and test customized workforce strategies designed to improve agency outcomes. Their goal is to partner with agencies to dive into their human resources (HR) data to support data-driven decision-making and strengthen their child welfare workforce.
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