Public Law; Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act (Title IV-E)
The Central California Training Academy (CCTA) is funded through a contract with the California Department of Social Services.
The Central California Training Academy (CCTA) utilizes Title IV-E funds to provide various trainings to staff, supervisors, managers and other child welfare-related staff working in child welfare agencies within the region.
Title IV-E provides a funding mechanism for training because it has been found that utilizing well trained child welfare staff is an effective strategy for achieving the objectives below.
PL 96-272 (Title IV-E) was established by the Federal Government to:
Promote prevention of the unnecessary separation of children from their families.
Reunite children separated from their families.
Establish permanent situations for those children who either have no family or cannot be reunited with their families.
The CCTA serves an 11 county region in Central California.
Due to the large geographical area in the Central California Region, and to enable the Academy project to better serve the twelve counties in the region, four sub-regional training sites have been established in the Northern, Central, Southern, and Coastal sub-regions. Academy classes are held in various locations including, but not limited to Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto and Santa Maria.
Through acquisition of external resources and support, SWERT will engage in research, training, and evaluation activities consistent with the university’s mission of scholarship and community engagement.
The goal of Central California Training Academy (CCTA) is to offer training that will:
Eliminate the duplication of, and offer consistency in, the delivery of training
Assure linkages between the classroom and field
Support staff retention
Promote the professionalism of current and potential staff in public social services and child welfare agencies within Central California
Help develop and encourage promising practices in the field of child welfare
Through the previously mentioned components of CCTA the program is able to provide education to those serving in the child welfare system. The knowledge instilled in the workers through training allows for better practice and outcomes.
Representation of services delivered in 2009-2010:
Classroom training to 4,827 child welfare workers, supervisors, managers and administrators encompassing a total of 300 training days.
154 Child Welfare staff received Transfer of Learning focused training offered by field-based trainers in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Kings, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties .