Welcome to the Child Welfare Academy!
Welcome to the Child Welfare Academy Website! We train and develop professional staff who work with Alaska children and families to assure children are safe and families are strong. We provide a variety of different courses both onsite and in local communities. Also note the additional training opportunities on our website that offers links to other related training. If we can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you “like” us on Facebook, you will get regular updates regarding workforce development.
* News and Updates *
The Spirit of change in Family Services Assessment (FSA) Training
This summer, the Child Welfare Academy (CWA) begins a series of training to enhance Family Services practices at the Office of Children's Services (OCS). The FSA guides OCS workers toward getting "in the business of behavior change." Rather than focusing on a family's compliance with services, case plans will connect to a family's thoughts and feelings about their own change process. Integrating motivational interview strategies, widely accepted theories on behavior change, and new research on trauma-informed care, this approach truly represents state of the art practice in child protection. With the FSA, a family's progress toward change can be clearly evaluated, giving clarity to our vision of "Safe Children, Strong Families."
Also in the spirit of change, the CWA will use a new training method, Team Based Learning (TBL), to deliver the FSA training. TBL aims to go beyond simply covering content by allowing time for team assignments that focus learners toward solving the kinds of problems they will face in the field. With TBL, learners are not only more engaged in training, they are far more likely to take their new knowledge back to their work. So get ready for more participation in training and less lecture. We are excited for progress and will keep you posted as we move forward!
New Program for Foster Youth Takes Off!
In collaboration with the Office of Children's Services, the Child Welfare Academy (CWA) is thrilled to announce a program, new to Alaska and unique throughout the country. This program breaks new ground for youth transitioning from foster care to college and careers. In an effort to provide integrated services and promote normal life experiences to youth aging out of foster care, CWA will provide postsecondary education support, intensive case management, and assistance to youth as they navigate the college system. Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funds are administered through the CWA. Eligible youth can apply to receive the ETV (up to $5000 per academic year) to be used for books, fees, housing and other needs related to academic support. With this new program, CWA will manage funding for foster youth to attend college or vocational programs that will lead to gainful employment. We hope to encourage youth to participate in the college experience and other programs as they transition to independence.