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.
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.
- The Child Welfare Partnership Training Unit delivers an extensive training curriculum for entering and advanced child welfare workers, and caregivers (foster, kinship and adoptive).
- The Child Welfare Education Program (CWEP) offers tution assistance and educational support for social work students committed to careers in child welfare. This includes supporting tribal CWEP students working at any one of Oregon's nine federally recognized tribes.
- The Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy Certificate Program aims to increase accessible adoption-competent mental health support for children and their families throughout Oregon; and to reduce the risk of adoptive or foster family dissolution.
- Child Welfare Research & Evaluation is also an important component to the partnership. Our interdisciplinary team of researchers uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches in order to provide useful information that informs policy and program improvement. Our research for the partnership includes:
Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Research