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Child Welfare Learning Community


The Child Welfare Learning Community (CWLC) defines child welfare broadly to include areas of social, economic and environmental justice that transcend the traditional boundaries established by existing federal and state programs and which affect the well-being of children, youth and their families.

The Child Welfare Learning Community focuses on:

  • racial and ethnic disparities that affect children and youth
  • programs that provide financial assistance
  • asset-building initiatives
  • medical and mental health services
  • equal educational opportunities for children and youth
  • services that protect and promote the quality of life for children and youth; both in families and society
  • programs that prevent or ameliorate harm to children and youth
  • rehabilitation of children and youth

Especially children and youth who are at the margins; runaway youth, homeless children and families, and kicked out youth. Children and youth who come under the mandates of multiple programs; child welfare, delinquency, mental health and education.

Service Agencies

Although service activities do indeed provide service, they also afford opportunities for teaching/training (internships for MSW students, Clinical Psychology students, and post-MSW Joint Doctoral Program students) and knowledge development.


Participating Faculty

  • Kathleen Coulborn  Faller

    Kathleen Coulborn Faller

    Marion Elizabeth Blue Endowed Professor Emerita of Children and Families; Professor Emerita of Social Work
    Controversies of interviewing children about sexual abuse, the co-morbidity of child maltreatment and parental substance abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, cultural competence in child welfare, and the child welfare workforce.
  • Leslie D. Hollingsworth

    Leslie D. Hollingsworth

    Associate Professor Emerita of Social Work
    Adoption, African American families, child welfare, mental health, birth parents, adoptive parents, interpersonal practice, family therapy
  • Shawna J. Lee

    Shawna J. Lee

    Associate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research
    Father's parenting risk behaviors, child maltreatment, community-based interventions
  • Susan C. McDonough

    Susan C. McDonough

    Research Associate Professor Emerita of Social Work
    Children's mental health, preventive interventions.
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