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Center for Child Welfare (CCW)

Mission and Vision

The complexities of the contemporary American family call for innovative and coordinated approaches to service delivery between health, mental health and protective service agencies.

The Center for Child Welfare serves as a research and resource center for Texas, the Southwest, and the nation in the advancement and dissemination of knowledge to improve the conditions of vulnerable children and their families. Research, education, and dissemination efforts using evidenced informed products to address the basic rights of children to be nurtured and protected by their families with the support of their communities.


The goal of the Center is to help equip develop child welfare professionals with current, detailed, and scientific knowledge about effective practice models, ways to support the adequate development of children and families, and strategies to preserve families.

The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work, through the Center for Child Welfare, has become an important part of the national child welfare reform effort. The School of Social Work is uniquely qualified as the site of the Center because of the combination of a nationally recognized faculty with expertise in child welfare practice innovations, technology development, and a long-standing partnership with child welfare professionals at the local, state, and national level.


  • To develop, conduct, and disseminate research to address important policies and practice influencing the lives of children and families.
  • To serve as a resource center to child welfare advocates, professionals, and policy makers.
  • To professionalize child welfare practice through the training and education of professional social workers for a career in child welfare services.
  • To deliver evidenced-informed training to child welfare practitioners to improve service delivery.
  • To provide assistance to, and promote collaboration among, national, state, and local public and private child welfare institutions.