Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute (ICWI)


The Family and Youth Law Center (FYLAW)
and Capital University Law School are pleased to offer

Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute


303 E. Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215


ATTENTION LAW & GRADUATE LEVEL SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS:  This two-credit course will provide law students and graduate level social work students with a mutual understanding of the legal and sociological principles central to child welfare practice. In the increasingly complex world of child welfare, quality collaboration among legal and social work professionals is critical to keeping children safe and strengthening families. The class will cover a wide variety of topics such as: introduction to interdisciplinary Child Welfare work, federal policy and law, recent developments in Child Welfare, family relationships and family rights, screening processes, case planning, liability issues, record creation and record keeping, introduction to trial work, permanency planning, and alternative dispute resolution in Child Welfare cases.

ATTENTION PROFESSIONALS: During ICWI, social workers and attorneys have the opportunity to join law and graduate social work students from across the country in this exciting, intensive interdisciplinary course that will examine complex child and family issues from both law and social work perspectives. In this course, you will hone your professional practice skills through dynamic classroom exercises and gain insight from panelists and guest lectures.

In this course, you will: 

  • Learn about critical child welfare topics, such as
    • History and basics of child welfare and adoption processes
    • Key federal policies and statutes
    • Family relationships and rights
    • Child development and interviewing children
    • Child welfare structure and practice
    • Ethical and professional considerations for interdisciplinary practice
    • Preparing for trials and providing expert testimony
    • Permanency planning and negotiating for best solutions for children and families
  • Hone real world practice skills through dynamic classroom exercise
  • Gain insight from panelists, such as former foster youth, and guest lecturers
  • Enjoy professional networking experiences

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