Partnering for a More Equitable Future

The National Center for Child Welfare Curriculum Development on Evidence-Based Practices

Our Partnership

The National Center was established in October 2013 in order to implement a new, sustainable, cross-systems workforce competency model: Partnering For Success. Supported by DU's Suzanne Kerns and researchers from the University of Maryland, the National Center seeks to improve mental health outcomes for child welfare-involved children and youth. We believe this type of collaboration is essential as we work to affect policy and improve childrens' lives.

About Our Research

We leverage cross-institutional collaboration to address some of today’s most pressing challenges, producing interdisciplinary solutions that influence policymakers to effectively serve the public good. From Stanford to UChicago to NYU, we’ve refined our collaborative process through years of mutually beneficial relationships with institutions nationwide to understand and address challenges like climate change, HIV and youth homelessness.

DU’s current research efforts have been featured in news outlets like The New York Times. They include…

  • exploring the effects of felony disenfranchisement.
  • employing lasers as the medium for quantum science.
  • using theatre to heal and rehabilitate inmates.

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About the Study

The Center works to build the capacity of public child welfare and mental health front-line workforces as well as leadership in both systems. Partnering with agencies, the Center implements trauma-informed, evidence-based practices through specialized learning, clinical and peer consultation, coaching and organizational support.

The Center continues to expand their work through partnerships with human services organizations and systems across the country that promote and enhance internal capacity. This has allowed for the successful implementation of a range of organizational and workforce capacity building components that are both practical and sustainable.

With funding from the Children's Bureau and support from national partnerships, the University of Denver and the University of Maryland strive toward the development of long-term solutions for youth and a more equitable future for all.

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Suzanne Kerns

Suzanne Kerns is a research associate professor with the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work and executive director of the school's Center for Effective Interventions. Her work focuses on improving well-being for children and families by ensuring accessible and effective treatment.