Workforce Development Month

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2021 Save the Date

This year's Child Welfare Worker Appreciation Week will be September 13-17, 2021. We'll be celebrating you - the people who do so much to empower children, youth, and families facing a variety of life challenges and obstacles. Your hard work and dedication positively impacts and transforms lives, and we can't thank you enough for tackling this challenging work.

Please save the date for this year's Child Welfare Worker Recognition Event which will be held Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 3pm EST.

To receive details about Workforce Development Month this September, subscribe to our newsletter and until then we encourage...

  • Leaders of child welfare programs to utilize NCWWI's Workforce Development Framework to identify strategies that support and recognize the workforce all year long.
  • Current and future child welfare professionals to review our 6 Ways to Keep Learning, to discover free tools that can enhance your impact. You may also want to follow us on social media so you can conveniently receive information about new resources, best practices in the field, and self-care tips.
  • Faculty to review our Social Work Educator Resources on preparing students for practice in child welfare.

Past Events

Thank you to everyone who participated in 2020! We are honored that you are in this field with us and hope that you will carry all of the messages of appreciation from this year's Child Welfare Worker Recognition Event with you as you continue to work on behalf of children, youth, and families.

In September 2017, NCWWI celebrated the first National Child Welfare Workforce Development Month. Our intent was to help child welfare programs develop a comprehensive approach to improving the health of their workforce by sharing NCWWI tools and resources. It was also to honor the hard work of child welfare professionals in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families in our communities. That same year, the Senate passed a bipartisan resolution to recognize September as “National Workforce Development Month” in order to promote federal workforce development investments to ensure the country's economic competitiveness. Every year we look to build on the original celebration by finding new and exciting ways to show appreciation for our workforce. We hope you'll celebrate with us every September.