Child Welfare Education Workforce Initiative

The Child Welfare Education Workforce Initiative is a project of the NCACDSS and supports North Carolina’s county Social Services agencies in growing and retaining a strong Child Welfare Workforce.

The Initiative Team coordinates regional Information Sessions across the state to share information about Child Welfare field education placements; discuss Social Work education in North Carolina, and build relationships between county Departments of Social Service agencies and Schools of Social Work.  Each member is available to assist in the coordination of Child Welfare field education placements.

Team Contacts

Stephanie Pearson, Team Lead 

Susan McCracken, Regional Education Coordinator

Sharon Scott, Regional Education Coordinator

To contact a member of the team directly, call NCACDSS at 919-782-4111

Upcoming Events*
  • *Southeastern Regional Information Session Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 10 am–2 pm       Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC   Register to Attend 
  • *North Central  Information Session Thursday, March 5, 2020, 10 am–1 pm                      Wake County Human Services, Raleigh, NC   Register to Attend
  • AmeriCorps Grant Information Session, Friday, March 6, 2020, 10 am–2 pm                         Pitt County Agricultural Center Register to Attend

*Click here for a list of invited participants for Regional Information Sessions 


Field Education Learning Activities for Child Welfare Collaborative Students: This resource was developed by Amy Levine, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Instructor, UNC-Chapel HIll School of Social Work. This resource is an inclusive but not an exhaustive list of suggested activities that DSS field instructors/supervisors can use as a guide in developing an MSW intern’s unique learning experience

Glenn Osborne, DSS Director, at Wilson County DSS presented at the Eastern Regional Information Session and shared examples of how Wilson County DSS builds its social work workforce. Click here to see the slides from the presentation.

Brenda Reid Jackson, DSS Director at Cumberland County and Tracey Hinds, Field Director at Methodist University, presented at the Southeastern Regional Information Session and shared strategies they used in partnering to develop Agency and University Memorandum of Understanding Agreement (MOU) for social work interns. DSS SW Internships MOU Sample  University MOU Sample

Resources for DSS Employees interested in a degree in social work via

Social Work Degree: Returning to School

Social Work Scholarships

Social Work Thesis and Capstone Requirements