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Our Center’s Training Update

Anne Doyle, author

Our Center's Training Update

Important Center Announcement 

The Center has removed all “Building Cultural Safety.” “Domestic Violence Policy and Best Practices in Child Welfare,” and “Navigating Child and Family Teams: The Role of the Facilitator” training dates April through June 2024. During this time, the Center is working closely with North Carolina Division of Social Services (NC DSS) to meet current child welfare working training needs in several training areas: CPS In-Home Child Welfare Services, Permanency Planning in Child Welfare Services, and Redesigned Pre-Service Training: Child Welfare in North Carolina. These NC DSS trainings help prepare social workers across the state of North Carolina for the practice shifts happening within the child welfare system. These shifts include changes in verbiage like “visitation” now being referred to as “Family Time”; the title of “Foster Care Social Worker” is changing to “Permanency Planning Social Worker”; and the term “foster care providers” is now “resource families.” These shifts hope to emphasize the importance of permanency and family within the child welfare system to continue to strive for the best possible solutions for children in the state of North Carolina and across the country.    

The Center trainers are currently learning the three trainings outlined below. Then, they will support deliveries of specified events through June to meet NC DSS Child Welfare Staff needs. Our Center is partnering with the DSS program staff development members, UNC-CH Jordan FCRP trainers, and county DSS workers in our learning effort to meet statewide learning demands. 

We apologize for any inconvenience in advance regarding the removal of these training offerings. Please continue to monitor for future offerings of these training events. If you have any other questions, please contact Jenny King, Program Manager-Training at

CPS In-Home Child Welfare Services 

This is a four-day specialized curriculum for NC DSS Child Welfare Staff focusing on the skills, beliefs and competencies that are necessary to achieve successful outcomes with families and children. Topics covered include the role of the case manager, relationships as a foundation for practice, identifying and building on strengths, family centered casework, meeting with resistance, policy for In-Home Services provision, reassessment decision-making tools, child and family teams, monitoring the case, case closure/transition, and case documentation. function in a County DSS. Course should be taken within the first year of employment.

Permanency Planning in Child Welfare Services

The permanency planning training is a four-day specialized curriculum designed to help child

welfare workers become more knowledgeable about their job. This curriculum provides participants with information about child placement philosophy, child and family preparation for placement, making appropriate placements, and gives opportunities for development through skills practice. It focuses on strategies to minimize trauma to the child, reunification and permanence, preserving family connections and forming collaborative partnerships between birth parents and substitute caregivers. Participants will use a case study to complete structured decision making tools and service agreements to make determinations for timely reunification and permanence.

The Redesigned Pre-Service Training: Child Welfare in North Carolina 

This is a seven-week, competency-based, pre-service curriculum that is designed to provide new social workers and supervisors with an overview of the child welfare system in North Carolina. NOTE: When first delivered in the Innovation Zone of Region 6 from February thru December 2023, this new version of Pre-Service Training was previously titled Pre-Service Training: Child Welfare in North Carolina Innovation Zone Events. The training consists of completion of transfer of learning tools, self-paced online learning modules, and instructor-led, classroom-based modules. The instructor-led, in-person classroom-based modules consist of two curricula:

• Foundation Training (1 week in-person classroom)

• Core Training (6 weeks in-person classroom)

At the conclusion of the training, social workers and supervisors will have knowledge that will allow them to begin direct contact with children and families in their agency. 

We Apologize for Any Inconvenience Once again, our Center would like to apologize for any inconvenience the removal of these training dates may cause. The training will be back after June 2024. Please follow us on social media @cfacencstate, subscribe to our bi-monthly newsletter, or check out our website news stories to stay updated with the Center’s latest news!