The Indiana University School of Social Work works in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Child Services to better protect children at risk of abuse and neglect. A key to this collaboration is the creation of the Child Welfare Education and Training Partnership. The Partnership is designed to provide high quality social work education and statewide training for public child welfare employees. It provides BSW students with preparation for employment as a Family Case Manager; it allows DCS employees to enroll in the School's part-time MSW Program; and it provides state-of-the-art training to current DCS employees. This partnership is recognized nationally for its success and for its joint collaborative operation. Due to these efforts, Indiana is now seen as a model for the provision of public services that support children and families.
-Michael Patchner Ph.D., Dean - IU School of Social Work
When the Department of Child Services was established in 2005, one of the visions was to create a collaborative partnership with an established university to develop a model of training and staff development excellence for all staff. That vision became a reality in 2006 with the establishment of the Partnership for Child Welfare Education and Training housed at the Indiana University School of Social Work. This Partnership has reached all identified milestones to develop and provide competency based training and support for staff to equip them with all necessary tools related to safety, permanency and well-being of children and families in Indiana. The Master's Degree in Social Work offered to current employees and the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work available for undergraduates interested in working in child welfare have further enhanced the DCS workforce and their ability to improve child and family outcomes. Indiana is unique in its partnership approach to offering quality education and training for DCS staff. The resulting success, utilizing the strengths of each system, proves the partnership approach does indeed develop and sustain excellence within the workforce.
-Mary Beth Bonaventura, Director - Indiana Department of Child Services