The Center for Child Well-Being combines the knowledge, expertise and resources of a large public research university with the operational capacity of state and community agencies working to serve vulnerable families and to advance solutions that would otherwise be unattainable.
The mission of ASU’s Center for Child Well-Being is to advance child and family well-being. We believe society can collectively overcome challenges and make a difference by ensuring the health and well-being of its children.
Drawing on the expertise of our staff and faculty from across Arizona State University’s research enterprise, we work to increase resilience among families and to build safer and more vibrant communities for young people.
Research and Evaluation
Faculty researchers and students support, sustain, and improve community-based public services to children and families. Our Research and Evaluation Team provides greater responsiveness to the area of child well-being through data-driven and evidence-informed decision-making. We identify emerging best practices and provide an evaluation focused on system improvement.
Child Welfare Education Program
Our Child Welfare Education Program is a collaborative effort of the Arizona State University School of Social Work and the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) that is funded by the Child Welfare Field Education and Student Support Program, a Title IV-E grant of the Social Security Act The mission of the program is to prepare social work students to empower families and promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of the children involved in Arizona's public child welfare system.
The ASU Center for Child Well-Being’s the education and training arm, Impact Instruction, promotes child well-being by developing custom training for human service, court and child welfare professionals and the communities they serve. Instruction applies human service management, social work and child welfare knowledge, expert instructional design, and creative excellence to create high impact training materials that meet the needs of your organization.
Children of Incarcerated Parents National Conference
Each spring, the ASU Center for Child Well-Being hosts the National Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference, not only to further awareness of the impact of incarceration on children and families, but also to increase community capacity to respond in helpful and healing ways. We started the conference because of the general lack of awareness of the almost 3 million children who currently have a parent incarcerated, and the 10 million who have experienced parental incarceration at some point during their childhood.
The conference draws awareness to the voices and work of children/youth, families and communities whose lives have been impacted by mass incarceration. The three conference tracks focus on informing best practices when partnering with and supporting those with lived-experience to co-create and lead, systems transformation and accountability, and building community engagement and collaboration.
Empathy Through Literature
As the host of the National Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference, we have heard from those with lived experience about the stigma and shame children and caregivers may feel. This is why the ASU Center for Child Well-Being developed Empathy Through Literacy.
We believe that through reading, children and youth can realize that others are also dealing with the feelings and emotions that accompany parental incarceration.
Title IV-E Listserv
Would you like to connect with a national child welfare community that is approximately 500 members strong? Join the Title IV-E listserv. The listserv is commonly used to ask questions, advertise conferences and research opportunities, and post job announcements. The ASU CCWB hosts of the listserv. Membership is open to Title IV-E educational partners and state plan administrators. Requests to join should be sent to email@example.com – name and email is all that is required.