December 2013




The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) is pleased to release a "Request for Proposals (RFP) " for its University Partnerships (UP) program. 


This Request for Proposals (RFP) supports the development of up to 11 University Partnerships between schools (or departments) of social work and state, county, or tribal child welfare agencies who propose to collaborate to address workforce challenges and opportunities through leadership, education, professional development and organizational intervention activities. In keeping with the vision of the Children's Bureau, this proposal calls for a strategic partnership between social work programs and child welfare agencies focused more intensively as a service to the agencies, which is a significant change from traditional traineeship programs that consisted primarily of student stipends and limited curricular work. 


We encourage all accredited social work programs to review the proposal request and consider a submission in partnership with a state, county or tribal child welfare director. 


The due date for applications is Monday, February 3, 2014. 


In addition, NCWWI is hosting a brief informational webinar to review the RFP on Friday, December 13th at 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. We hope you can attend, but will post the recording on our website for those who cannot join us.

Join us to learn more about the NCWWI University Partnerships Program & how to complete the RFP

During this informational webinar, Dr. Gary Anderson and Dr. Katharine Briar-Lawson will discuss:   

  • NCWWI & University Partnership Program Goals
  • Role of Schools/Departments of Social Work
  • Role of Child Welfare Agencies
  • Leadership Academy for Deans & Directors (LADD)
  • Optional Workforce Development Initiatives
  • Application Process Details


Friday, December 13, 2013

3:00 - 3:30 pm ET

Please REGISTER HERE to attend. 

Please direct any UP questions to Dr. Gary Anderson ( or Cheryl Williams-Hecksel ( at Michigan State University School of Social Work.

Questions with regard to the Leadership Academy for Deans/Directors/Chairs and Agency Directors (LADD) should be addressed to Dr. Katharine Briar Lawson ( at the University at Albany. 
The NCWWI Team