Child Welfare Education Workforce Initiative


The Child Welfare Education Workforce Initiative (Initiative) became a project of NCACDSS in 2017. The Initiative supports North Carolina’s County Social Services agencies, emphasizing a strong, educated, and experienced Child Welfare workforce. Through focused projects and activities, developed alone and with statewide partners,  the Initiative goal remains,  recruitment and retention of social work staff.

Projects and Activities


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

Initiative Staff Members

Susan McCracken, Regional Coordinator- Western Region

Sharon Scott, Regional Coordinator- Central Region

Gwen Burns, Regional Coordinator- Eastern Region

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