The National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA) provides national leadership for the development of sound policy, successful and innovative practices and critical capacity building to improve agency performance and consumer outcomes.


NAPCWA represents state and local public child welfare agencies through their child welfare administrators, deputies, and other child welfare agency staff that envision a safe and loving public child welfare system to provide children with permanent homes and support in their social and emotional growth and development. 


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The National Health & Human Services Summit is June 9-12, 2024 in Arlington, VA.

The Economic Mobility & Well-Being Annual Conference is August 25-28, 2024 in Portland, OR.

Leading with Prevention

A Resource Hub for State and Local Leaders Committed to Advancing Prevention Strategies that Build Child and Family Well-Being

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View Content from the Economic Mobility and Well-Being Conference (EMWB)
August 14-17, 2022 | Marriott Savannah Riverfront, Savannah, GA

EMWB was held on August 14-17, 2022, bringing together members from three APHSA affinity groups – the American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD), the National Association of TANF Administrators (NASTA), and the National Association of Program Information and Performance Management (NAPIPM). EMWB showcased the work of agencies, researchers, and private sector to advance our collective goal of achieving economic mobility and well-being for all.
You can now view content from the EMWB Conference on-demand through our virtual platform. Please note: Not all sessions were recorded.

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Latest Resources

APHSA Response to NPRM on Safe and Appropriate Foster Care Placement Requirements for Titles IV-E and IV-B (November 2023)
This comment letter was informed by extensive feedback provided by APHSA’s affinity group of child welfare directors, the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA), and other conversations with a broad cross-section of human services executives responsible for oversight of the public child welfare system.

Economic & Concrete Supports National Landscape Survey Research Report (November 2023)
In partnership with Chapin Hall, APHSA conducted a national landscape survey of child welfare leaders to learn how they perceive support options, service coordination and tracking, funding, and barriers to meeting families’ needs. This report explores the survey findings and highlights insights into how agencies currently leverage resources to help families meet needs and what improvements should be made.

Comment on Title IV-B of the Social Security Act (October 12, 2023)
Read our comment on the recent hearing on "Modernizing Child Welfare to Protect Vulnerable Children" held on September 28, 2023. This hearing highlighted the urgent need for Congress to address the reauthorization of Title IV-B, which allocates funds that play a pivotal role in providing vital and diverse supports to children and families.

Unlocking the “Prevention Services” in the Family First Prevention Services Act (December 2021)
This policy brief focuses on the challenges and opportunities that the Family First Prevention Services Act offers to accelerate the shift towards a prevention-oriented child well-being system.

Free access to the Journal of Public Child Welfare is an APHSA member benefit. The Journal provides quality research and comprehensive information for child welfare professionals and public agencies.
Instructions for Journal Access

APHSA Comment Letter on Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse Handbook of Standards and Procedures, August 16, 2021