CWEC & Child Welfare in North Carolina

The Collaborative functions as a university-based partnership that provides statewide educational and professional support to prepare BSW and MSW students for careers in public child welfare. We work in partnership with NC DHHS as one of many state-sponsored initiatives to strengthen the child welfare workforce.

North Carolina is a cultural, economically and geographically diverse state. There are 100 counties in North Carolina,  all with unique communities that impact the strengths and needs of its children and families. Each county-based  DSS agency provides front- line services to ensure the safety of children. Whether your desire is to practice child welfare in a rural, moderate or urban area; or if you prefer the mountains versus the coast, Collaborative graduates have been employed in approximately 85% of county DSS agencies statewide.

Collaborative graduates are an integral part of the North Carolina child welfare system. Graduates hold positions in local county DSS agencies as front-line CPS social workers, clinicians, supervisors, program administrators, and DSS directors.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – Social Services Division, is the agency that supervises our county-administered child welfare system. This agency can be reached by visiting . Forms, manuals and other information can be publicly accessed via this site.

photo by Wojciech Wolak
photo by Wojciech Wolak