Two unique opportunities exist for MSW students interested in child welfare. The Erie County Child Welfare Leadership Partners project provides a stipend for students committed to leadership in child welfare and willing to work in Erie County DSS after graduation. The Child Welfare Leaders Initiative is a certificate program for students interested in gaining skills in many components of child welfare.
The UB School of Social Work is partnering with Erie County Department of Social Services (DSS) to build leadership capacity in child welfare, and we were awarded a grant through the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI). As part of the project, we will be supporting four cohorts of students over the next four years, beginning in the Fall of 2019. ECCWL-Partners includes a broad focus on leadership development in child welfare. Combining coursework, child welfare field placement, field seminars, and special projects, participants will gain exposure to a wide range of topics and have opportunities to network and develop leadership skills within the field. The NCWWI student stipends will cover all UB SSW tuition costs and student fees. For each year of funding received, students will be committed to working a year in Erie County child welfare (including CPS, Preventive, Children’s Services, or Adoption) post-graduation.
For students interested in child welfare leadership, but not able to participate in the ECCWL-Partners initiative, the Child Welfare Leaders Initiative (CWLI) is a unique opportunity.
Combining a field placement in child welfare with seminars focused on relevant topics pertaining to child welfare, participants will gain exposure to a wide range of topics and have opportunities to network and develop leadership skills within the field. The Initiative includes:
Seminar topics may include: