Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System

Welcome to WCWPDS

Welcome from all of us at the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System!

Our goal here is quite simple: promoting the best out-of-home care and child welfare practice through education, skill development, strategic partnerships, and effective advocacy. Our hope is that every child, youth, and family in Wisconsin experiences an enhanced quality of life complete with opportunity and supportive communities. We recognize that an enormous part of supporting that starts with foster parents, adoptive parents and guardians, child welfare workers, and supervisors and that outcomes for the children and families we serve are only as good as the people who are supporting them. Our role is subsequently to support you in being the very best professional you can be. We are committed to serving you through exceptional professional development opportunities that are available, accessible and of high quality at reasonable costs.

Each of you brings a unique set of experiences and skills to the table, and we envision this as the strength of all professional development opportunities we offer. The range of experiences we can draw from are a valuable resource as TOGETHER we explore more effective ways to support children and families. We are committed to training approaches that reflect this, and our expectation is that you will encounter an atmosphere where you feel comfortable to ask questions, state opinions, and formulate arguments. The goal, as we see it, is that as a group we come out the other end of any professional development opportunity having had both a fun and a useful educational experience that you can apply directly to your work.

Everyone involved in this organization welcomes the opportunity to hear your professional development goals and how we might be a part of you reaching them. Our hope is that we get to know as many of you as possible as we learn in this professional-development journey together.

Darin Smith, Executive Director
Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work
8010 Excelsior Drive Suite 100, Madison WI  53717