Training for the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Protection and Safety Workforce

DCFS Child Protection & Safety (CP&S) New Worker Training prepares Child and Family Services (CFS) Specialists to serve as case managers to Nebraska's children and their families identified as in need of child welfare intervention because of abuse or neglect. This population includes children who lack proper parental care, either due to the actions of parents or through no fault of parents; children whose parents give up their rights to the child to the State; and children who are wards of another state agency, and for which placement is requested.

Training supports DCFS’s identified purpose of working in partnership with other groups to keep those served safe from harm or maltreatment; in a permanent, healthy, nurturing, and caring environment; and with a stable family. Case managers are trained on resources necessary to help children and families heal from the harmful effects on their lives as well as on the importance of promoting community safety as families are served. Training supports DCFS’s mission to provide the least disruptive services, for only as long as needed to give children and adolescents the opportunity to succeed as adults; to help those disabled to live with dignity and respect; and to help families care for themselves––resulting in healthier families and safer, more prosperous communities.

CP&S New Worker Training is developed in collaboration with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS)-Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) and administered by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Center on Children, Families, and the Law (CCFL) under a contract administered by NDHHS–DCFS.