Child Welfare Academy

The Texas Permanency Outcomes Project
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The Child Welfare Academy seeks to in the Texas Child Welfare System.
The TXPOP Social Work Child Welfare Academy offers trainings designed to help child welfare professionals improve permanency and wellbeing outcomes for children. Through theory- and skills-based courses, the Academy prepares professionals to address barriers to positive outcomes for children in foster care. Specifically, the Academy seeks to:
  • Mitigate the racial and class bias that is inherent in the child welfare system
  • Improve the value that the child welfare system places on family engagement
The Academy offers two certificate options and a variety of courses that infuse social work principles into child welfare practice. Professionals may complete any available individual online courses here in either certificate track but are encouraged to complete a full certificate option.

Explore our certificate tracks:

Social Work Certificate in Child Protection Services

For professionals working at the Department of Family Protective Services in Texas.

Hybrid classes:

12 hours of prerequisites
(5 online, 7 in-person)
10 hours of certificate courses
(4 online, 6 in-person)

Regional cohort enrollment includes:

An online learning community
In-person courses taught in 2-3 day workshops
CEUs for all course hours

Social Work Certificate in Child Welfare Services

For professionals working at child placing agencies in Texas.

Hybrid classes:

12 hours of prerequisites
(5 online, 7 in-person)
10 hours of certificate courses
(4 online, 6 in-person)

Regional cohort enrollment includes:

An online learning community
In-person courses taught in 2-3 day workshops
CEUs for all course hours

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STATEWIDE CAPACITY BUILDING

TXPOP will provide trainings and support to professionals working in child welfare with the development of a professional certificate in child welfare from the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. TXPOP is also developing an online resource hub that will provide child welfare workers with resources, tools, and materials on engaging families and ensuring that the child’s voice is at the heart of the work.

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