AdobeStock 129838537Welcome to the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute. Our purpose is to develop and support a child welfare workforce that can equitably meet the needs of the most vulnerable children and families. NCWWI promotes organizational interventions focused on developing and retaining a diverse and effective workforce by supporting partnerships among public and tribal child welfare programs and schools of social work. NCWWI workforce development activities promote:

  • Learning: Fostering continuous learning that is inclusive, interactive, reflective, and relevant
  • Leading: Cultivating diverse leadership at all levels of child welfare programs
  • Changing: Strengthening capacity of public and tribal child welfare programs to create inclusive learning organizations that can provide innovative and family centered services

NCWWI Vision

Innovative and inclusive organizational leadership, high performing staff, and diverse partners who are prepared and committed to pursue excellence and sustainable systemic change in service of improved outcomes that are equitable and just for children, youth and families.


NCWWI is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Our partners are five universities committed to principles of collaboration. We honor the traditional Native inhabitants of the land where we reside and work.

Children’s Bureau Staff

  • Rebecca Huffman, NCWWI Federal Project Officer, Capacity Building Division
  • Robert Lindecamp, Consultant, ICF International at the Children’s Bureau

For more information, please contact Robin Leake, Project Director: robin.leake@du.edu