Professor Mary Landriau from Seton Hall's Bachelor's in Social Work (BSW) Program recently joined experts from thirty-one (31) states and three tribal nations in Atlantic City to discuss curricula innovation in child welfare; prepare social work students for professional public child welfare practice; and support long-term professional development for those working with children and families within the foster care system. Professor Landriau serves as the Campus Coordinator for the Baccalaureate Child Welfare Education Program (BCWEP). BCWEP is a partnership of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, a consortium of seven accredited baccalaureate social work programs in New Jersey, and the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The intent of the program is to enhance the public child welfare workforce by encouraging students with generalist social work education and additional coursework in child welfare to enter professional positions in New Jersey public child welfare agencies.
In her role, Professor Landriau was invited to attend the National Title IV-E Roundtable which is a yearly gathering of representatives from public and tribal child welfare agencies and their university partners. The National Title IV-E Roundtable is a rare opportunity for child welfare stakeholders to gather and share best practices for effective education, training, research, and collaboration. Title IV-E is a federal funding mechanism linked to the Social Security Act. Its goal is to support children from economically poor families who are under the care and custody of the public child welfare system. The funds are used for training current and prospective child welfare agency staff, caregivers of foster children, and other professionals involved with the development or implementation of children's plans of care.
The BSW Program has many graduates who work in child welfare after graduation, but has three students each year who have full tuition assistance and internships at the New Jersey Division of Permanency and Planning (DCP&P) in exchange for working in the public system several years after graduation.