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New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors (NEACWCD)

Association Overview
Director: Julie Sweeney Springwater, MSW

Since 1984, Judge Baker Children's Center has served as home base for the New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors (NEACWCD), a consortium of child welfare agency leaders and staff members from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Agency leaders created the association in an effort to develop and implement policies that promote competent child welfare practices. NEACWCD believes that developing effective services for children and families requires sharing information, discussing mutual issues and concerns, and learning from each other's experience with past and current policy and practice implementation.

Our members meet regionally to discuss issues including workforce recruitment and retention, staff development, systems change, safety and risk assessment, program planning and development, team building, service delivery methods, legal and judicial matters and evaluation. We also know that having access to each others’ best practices is not enough, because putting knowledge into action requires that organizations to have the capacity to do so.  NEACWCD helps our members develop their capacity for change and improvement by helping members enhance their skills in management,, learning transfer, leadership development, strategic planning and change management.

Members of the Association include:

  • Connecticut Department of Children and Families
  • Maine Office of Child and Family Services
  • Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
  • New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families
  • Rhode Island Department for Children, Youth and Families
  • Vermont Department for Children and Families.