The Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy was established in the Summer of 2014 and is housed at Southeastern Louisiana University. The Academy will ensure that child welfare staff and stakeholders will have a fundamental and common base of knowledge and skills necessary to effectively intervene within the child welfare system.
The creation of the Academy offers an opportunity for comprehensive training and education of child welfare practitioners across systems – child welfare, legal and community; it is a unique and a tremendous asset for the State of Louisiana.
DCFS and its partners will merge training efforts for new child welfare workers, enhance on-going and specialized child welfare worker training, and improve child welfare supervisory academy and certification, as well as provide foster, adoptive and relative caregiver training, and child welfare system leadership development.
The Child Welfare Training Academy will strive to develop through training, coaching, and mentoring a community of professionals, para-professionals and caregivers with relevant knowledge, skills and expertise to effectively intervene with vulnerable children and families involved in Louisiana’s child welfare system to achieve the best possible outcomes.
To provide a comprehensive array of training and professional development opportunities to child welfare staff and stakeholders. Stakeholders include foster parents, mental health providers, various medical and educational professionals, law enforcement and other legal professionals, as well as child welfare staff.
Through a partnership between the DCFS, the Pelican Center, and the University Alliance, the Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy will provide high quality training and professional development opportunities to meet the training needs necessary for ensuring a professional, competent, and stable workforce.
Our Training Philosophy
The LCWTA uses the DCFS Child Welfare Practice Model as the basis for training and professional development. Our training approach is built on a sequential, tier-based model of adult learning. The knowledge and skills developed within each training tier build upon experience gained in previous tiers. Our curricula and courses have been developed and structured to support the practice model.