This grant effort, begun in 1993, has resulted in a linkage between the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the Program to train students for employment in child welfare and provide a coordinated staff development and training program to non-social work trained staff at DHHR in the 15 county eastern region and State. Over the last 20 years, this grant has provided over 2.2 million dollars of outside funding to the Social Work Program and has prepared over 40 BSW graduates for child welfare practice.
The Title IV-E grant is supporting a full-time Regional Child Welfare Trainer to assist with training. Our trainer is Amy Hampton, MSW. Utilizing a specialized curriculum (PRIDE) developed by the Child Welfare League of America, this work is part of a statewide initiative of accredited social work programs to enhance the delivery of foster parent services to the children of West Virginia. The training provides a 27-hour course of nine modules for prospective parents at five different sites located in Martinsburg, Elkins, Fairmont, Weston, and Romney. Routinely, these courses will be offered in 16 rounds at these sites. Prof. Crawley-Woods, along with Ms. Hampton, is administering and implementing the initiative for pre-service foster parent training.
The Social Work Program has been granted an additional funding by the West Virginia Dept. of Health and Human Resources to provide in-service training for current foster parents. The goal is to provide additional skills to current foster parents at numerous locations in the 15 county region of eastern West Virginia. These trainings focus on “Building Effective Communication Skills” and “Using Discipline to Protect, Nurture, and Meet Developmental Needs” and is designed to enhance the skills of the fostering parents.
Their interest and conviction to make a difference in the lives of children is to be commended.