Shared Learning Collaboratives


Child welfare agency leaders created NEACWCD nearly 40 years ago to support them in their efforts to develop and implement policies that promote competent practice and better outcomes for children and families.  Current leaders continue to believe that their ability to be more effective benefits from a shared learning environment where participants discuss mutual concerns and issues as well as their successes and challenges with policy and practice implementation.

Association leaders and peer groups of their staff attend regularly scheduled, regional meetings to discuss issues including workforce recruitment, development and retention, systems change, safety and risk assessment, program planning and development, team building, practice methods, CQI, legal and judicial matters and evaluation. Having access to each other’s best practices is not enough, because putting knowledge into action requires that organizations to have the capacity to do so.  NEACWCD, in partnership with a variety of consultants, funders and partners, helps members enhance their capacity for implementing and sustaining change.

Peer Groups

We host the following peer groups on a consistent basis:

·       Commissioners and Directors

·       Workforce Development Directors

·       Continuous Quality Improvement Directors

·       General Counsel and Assistant Attorneys General

·       Policy Directors

·       Resource Family Coordinators

·       Adolescent Services Directors

·       Racial Equity Workgroup

·       Parent Leaders of New England

·       Foster and Adoptive Parent Associations

Peer Groups for Urgent Needs

·       Family First Prevention Services Act Planning and Implementation

·       Covid-19 Response

·       Cross Border Placement Agreements


The NEACWCD has facilitated a variety of projects, convenings and transformative initiatives throughout the years, including:


Safety and Risk Assessment Breakthrough Series Collaborative


NE Early Development, Brain Science & Child Welfare Summit


Fatherhood Engagement Convenings


Community Engagement Convening


Trauma Informed Safety Planning for Young Children


Permanency Convenings


Child Welfare-Juvenile Justice (with Georgetown) Convening


Trauma-Informed Resilient Child Welfare Agencies Convenings


Transformation at the Front Door of Child Welfare

For more information

Contact Julie Springwater, Executive Director.