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Mission: Supporting the development of child welfare professionals to serve Kentucky’s families and children.

The Center for Child Welfare Education and Research (CCWEAR) is facilitating applied research by collaboratively seeking solutions to chronic conditions that continue to negatively impact Kentucky’s families and children. The CCWEAR is organizing an alliance of multidisciplinary professionals with diverse backgrounds and skills to address comprehensive social problems, including child maltreatment, sexual assault and domestic violence, and the impact of generational poverty and substance use. The CCWEAR aspires to become a catalyst for translational research by affording students the opportunity to actively contribute in multidisciplinary activities that are designed to improve the lives of Kentucky’s families and children in five key pillar areas:

  • education & training
  • workforce development
  • policy & advocacy
  • collaboration & partnerships
  • family & child well-being

Western Kentucky University’s Center for Child Welfare Education and Research was established on June 21st, 2019 as Kentucky’s first center for child welfare!

CCWEAR Pillars

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 Last Modified 1/22/21