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DHS News April 2014     


DHS receives funding for internal child welfare professional development opportunity

Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) has received two grants totaling $150,000 to implement a Child Welfare Data Management Fellowship. The Heinz Endowments granted $100,000 to the fellowship and Casey Family Programs gave $50,000. The fellowship is a joint effort between the DHS Offices of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) and Data Analysis, Research and Evaluation (DARE).

The eleven-month Fellowship is a professional development opportunity to teach promising future child welfare leaders within DHS how to use data and research principles to inform case practice and performance decisions. The ultimate goal is to improve outcomes for children and families in Allegheny County.

A DHS selection committee will choose approximately 25 supervisory or casework level applicants to participate. Those selected will take part in classes to “think about how policy, practice and individual daily casework decisions impact the lives of the children and families in Allegheny County, and to find innovative ways to improve the work we do,” CYF Deputy Director Walter H. Smith, Ph.D, said in announcing the Fellowship to staff and encouraging qualified personnel to submit applications.

Candidates will be notified by May 23, with classes expected to start in mid-June.

Questions about the fellowship can be directed to DARE Supervisor Brian Bell, by e-mail or 412-350-2887. 




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