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September 2022Vol. 23, No. 7September Is National Child Welfare Workforce Development Month

Each year since 2017, the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI), a service of the Children’s Bureau, celebrates the professionals who work to ensure the well-being of families involved with the child welfare system. National Child Welfare Workforce Development Month is an opportunity for child welfare professionals to celebrate their achievements and connect with colleagues, for child welfare leaders to focus on how to best support and recognize their workforce, for social work students to learn about child welfare practice, and for social work programs and faculty to refresh the child welfare curriculum with the latest resources.

As in previous years, this year’s initiative includes a weeklong recognition of the hard work and dedication child welfare professionals have shown in their responsibilities to the families they serve. Child Welfare Workforce Appreciation Week, which runs from September 12–16, will include a 1-hour virtual recognition event on Tuesday, September 13 at 3:00 p.m. ET. This event will be hosted by NCWWI and the Children’s Bureau and will give workers a chance to reflect, connect, and recharge.

Visit NCWWI’s National Child Welfare Workforce Development Month webpage for a recognition event kit that agencies can use to plan their own local events; social media messaging, graphics, and outreach materials; registration information for the virtual recognition event on September 13; and more.