Child Welfare

We have a long history of involvement with child welfare which provides an advantage in terms of knowledge of current research, familiarity with successful interventions, and a network of national and regional partners. We are committed to serving those working in the field by offering a variety of services that foster continuous learning and sustainable systems change. For additional information about the services we can provide, please contact our Executive Director, Katharine Cahn.



National Leadership Academy for Middle Managers

The center is a partner of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI), a national center of excellence funded by the Children’s Bureau. We coordinate their Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM) - a national, culturally responsive leadership development academy that teaches middle managers how to implement sustainable systems change. We also oversee NCWWI's social media channels which disseminate current best practices, research and upcoming professional development opportunities to the field.




Oregon Child Welfare Partnership

In collaboration with the Oregon Department of Human Services, the Child Welfare Partnership has become a leader in establishing and promoting excellence in child welfare practice through a combination of cutting edge training, research and graduate education. It was founded 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. The partnership has brought together the expertise of Oregon’s major urban university with the strengths of Oregon's child welfare system to forge program and practice improvements to better serve children and families.





Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Research

The center's research team is conducting both current research and has multiple completed projects on child abuse and neglect prevention. The sponsors include: