The NYC Child Welfare System: Past, Present, & Future

This eLearning program provides a greater understanding of the history of the New York City Child Welfare system and its components and roles. During this eLearning training, learners explore the laws and events that shaped the Child Welfare system and learn about the different components within ACS and how they interact with each other and provider agencies.


Who Should Attend?

All levels of staff working in Child Protection, Juvenile Justice, Prevention or Foster Care services, and provider agencies.


Course Benefits

Learners will:

  • Be provided information about the unique structure of the Child Welfare system.
  • Be able to explain the historical factors that have influenced current practices and policies in the system. This includes efforts to reduce racial disproportionality within the Child Welfare system.
  • Be able to describe the different components (divisions, departments and agencies) of the Child Welfare system and their interactions with each other.
  • Be able to describe the different staff roles within each of the system’s components and their interactions with each other.
  • Be better able to increase cross-functional teamwork and collaboration across divisions to break down silos.


Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.


Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete a 40-minute eLearning course. Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion.


Continuing Education Units

There are no CEUs associated with this course.



Register for this course by logging in to Cornerstone, browse for the course name and complete all information.  For more information about the ACS Workforce Institute, please contact the Help Desk at or call (212) 748-1898.


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