The Child Welfare Certificate Program prepares students for a career in working with abused or neglected children and their families. The certificate program provides a foundation of knowledge in practice, policy, and programs that impact vulnerable children's lives. Students develop practice skills in areas relevant to:
- Assessment skills considering children's development, including Adverse Childhood Experiences survey
- Trauma-informed Care
- Family violence
- Mental health concerns of child and families
- Involvement with the dependency system
- Specific interviewing techniques for children
- Intervention strategies for children and families
- Child welfare policy
The Child Welfare Certificate indicates the student has completed certain experiences to provide a foundation of child welfare. These experiences include completion of a child welfare course highlighting the history and dynamics of the child welfare system and a course focused specifically on the treatment of families involved in the child welfare system. In addition, students must complete an internship within the context of child welfare. For specific requirements for the Child Welfare Certificate please view the brochure here. If you have any questions about the Child Welfare Certificate, please email Dr. Thompson at email@example.com.
To apply for the Child Welfare Certificate, please complete the application here and email to Tod Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that Child Welfare Certificate applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks before graduation to ensure your transcript is updated. You should expect to receive your certificate 4-6 weeks after graduation.
Please note that the Child Welfare Certificate through FAU is not the state certification in child welfare which obtained through employment at the Department of Children and Families or a Community-Based Care agency and the Florida Certification Board.