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Child Welfare Partnership

The Child Welfare Partnership was founded at Portland State University in 1994 to help address the evolving needs of abused and neglected children and their families, particularly those served by Oregon’s child welfare system.

During its first 15 years, the Partnership has brought together the expertise of Oregon’s major urban university with the strengths of the public child welfare system to forge program and practice improvements to help better serve children and families.


The Partnership has become a leader in establishing and promoting excellence in child welfare practice through a combination of research, training, and graduate education. By contract with the Oregon Department of Human Services’ child welfare program, the partnership’s Training Unit delivers an extensive training curriculum for entering and advanced child welfare workers, and caregivers (foster, kinship and adoptive). 

Through the Child Welfare Education program, the partnership offers financial support and customized field education and coursework for social work students committed to careers in public child welfare.  Partnership Researchers provide evaluation support for federally-required programs such as the Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project and others.