Students earning a child and family specialization learn how to advocate for children, recommend child welfare services, and develop programs for children and families. Learners examine youth development, the needs of vulnerable children, and best practices for interventions. Coursework also emphasizes legal and ethical requirements for child and family social work.
Graduates with a child and family specialization often pursue careers in child protective agencies, youth welfare services, and the juvenile justice system. Many of these social workers also pursue clinical training.
Career Options for This Specialization: Adoption social worker, child protective services social worker, children’s services specialist, family service worker