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About this course

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Who is the client – the child or the parent?

Child welfare policy in the United States is complex. Join social workers, policymakers, politicians, attorneys, and judges in examining the child welfare system. In this course you will engage in conversations about the challenges and opportunities the child welfare system faces, reflect on policies and their implications for children and parents, and develop strategies to advocate for change within the child welfare system.

This course is approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 4 continuing education contact hours (Approval # 886783063-5807). For more information please visit OpenSP2: Social Work Continuing Education Credit Programs. Licensed social workers who add a verified certificate, complete all required activities, and receive a passing grade earn continuing education contact hours for licensure renewal.

What you'll learn

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  • Strategies for describing how the child welfare/child protection system functions in the United States
  • How to identify the factors that influence and constrain the child welfare/child protection system in the United States
  • Ways to identify the key inflection- or tipping points- in the system where effective change can be implemented
  • How to evaluate strategies for implementing change
  • Methods of advocacy for effective practices and policies that can impact the future of child welfare/child protection in the United States

Meet your instructors

Richard Gelles, PhD
Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence
University of Pennsylvania

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