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Resource Center Response to COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PA Child Welfare Resource Center has taken steps to protect the health of our staff, trainees, and community.

  • All of our locations are closed, effective 3/17/2020 until further notice.
  • While all the buildings are closed, staff will continue to work remotely, allowing us to continue to provide trainings, resources, and support.
  • This page will be updated frequently, as this is an ever-changing situation. Please check back regularly.

Our Latest Update as of September 8, 2021:
In the interest of public health and to ensure no disruptions in delivery due to the potential need to quarantine participants, staff and contractors, The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center will conduct virtual training delivery for the remainder of the 2021 training calendar. We appreciate your patience and understanding, as we continue to monitor and adjust our approach based on current conditions and guidance from the University, State, and Federal government.

There will be additional advanced level courses added to the virtual training calendar to allow a diversity in content offered. We look forward to sharing the training calendar with you in September.

As we look back at what we have accomplished in a virtual world over the past year and a half, we continue to be grateful for your support and commitment to our organization. Thank you for all that you do to enhance the child welfare field, especially during the most difficult times. We will continue to communicate timely updates on our return to in-person training as more information is available. Sending continued well wishes for you and your families as we navigate through these changes together.

-The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center


Masks Needed for Child Welfare Workers

Training Update

In response to the rapid developments regarding COVID-19, and in line with University, State, and Federal guidance, the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center recently suspended all in-person trainings, effective March 13th, until further notice. Our buildings are closed and staff are working remotely.

Therefore, the current training calendar through June 2020 is no longer relevant and will be adjusted as follows:

  • An alternative online calendar to delivering the initial certification trainings for new Child Welfare Caseworkers and Supervisors starts the week of March 30th. Many Foundations Remote modules 1-4 and STS modules 1 and 2 will be delivered in April.

  • Additional remote online sessions will be added based on further direction regarding the duration of the social distancing guidance.

  • Our online learning platform (https://www.e-learn.pitt.edu/ ) continues to be available for your ongoing professional development needs.

  • We hope that we will be able to resume in-person sessions as soon as possible! Once we are able to resume in-person trainings, we will work very quickly to develop and communicate a new training calendar to offer certification and ongoing training sessions.

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we work collaboratively to limit exposure during this difficult time. We remain committed to meeting the essential needs of Child Welfare Professionals across the Commonwealth. You're welcome to direct your questions to your Regional Resource Specialist.



Mandated Reporter HelpDesk

  • For our Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse, our agency will only be able to assist you via email until further notice via helpcpsl@pitt.edu. We apologize for any inconvenience you may encounter.


County Resources

  • The Education Law Center - has maintained a COVID Resources page with a multitude of resources. Resources include a legal support line, links to FAQs, and media articles from across the Commonwealth. The site also includes school closure resources for youth in foster care, youth with disabilities, and youth experiencing homelessness.

  • The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education - has developed resources related to education and COVID. Resources include tip sheets on how child welfare agencies, school districts, and courts can help support children during the pandemic.



















This page will be updated frequently, as this is an ever-changing situation. Please check back regularly.