Child Welfare Education Partnership Program

The Child Welfare Education Program (CWEP) is a collaborative effort between the School of Social Work and the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). The program assists students pursuing their Bachelor or Master of Social Work degree with a focus of study in child welfare by providing tuition assistance and educational support.


The mission of the Child Welfare Education Program is to strenghthen outcomes for children and families through education of the tribal and public child welfare workforce. 


The primary goals of the program are to:

  • Recruit promising social work graduates into long-term public or tribal child welfare careers.
  • Increase professional skills of public or tribal child welfare practitioners within DHS and enhance public awareness of the role of the agency.
  • Promote increased work force diversity reflective of the changing multicultural nature of our state
  • Develop and implement advanced curricula that increase the relevancy of social work theory to child welfare practice.
  • Provide research opportunities and resources for examining the effectiveness of the social work educational process and the ways in which public or tribal child welfare can help children and their families.

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