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Hawaiʻi Child Welfare Education Collaboration (HCWEC)

The Hawaiʻi Child Welfare Education Collaboration (HCWEC) Project is a joint effort of the University of Hawaiʻi Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work (UH SSW) and the Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services-Child Welfare Services Division (DHS-CWS). The goal of the HCWEC Project is to increase the number of MSW-level social work practitioners in public child welfare across the state. The HCWEC Project provides a public child welfare practice training curriculum via specialized coursework, field placement, and field integration seminars to students (called HCWEC Scholars) in their final year of the MSW Program. HCWEC Scholars receive a stipend to support this specialized training and make a 2-year post-degree employment commitment to CWS. HCWEC Project delivery is subject to annual funding. For information, contact Cheri Tarutani, project manager at tarutani@hawaii.edu.

Child and family social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the nation. There is great opportunity to utilize graduate social work programs to encourage careers in public child welfare by educating and training social workers with specialized curriculum and incentives. In many states, stipends to support specialized training are given in exchange for a 2-year post-degree employment commitment to CWS, which is a promising practice to address CWS social work staff shortages. HCWEC Scholars Project receive a structured and competency based educational experience with an emphasis in public child welfare.

Dependent on funding for the next academic year, applications to the HCWEC project for the 2017-18 cohort will be accepted in February 2017. More information will be provided in the coming months about eligibility requirements and application procedures.