Families and Children

Chair:  Caroline Long, PhD

Social workers have always led the efforts of society to help families and children. Those specializing in service to families and children know that not only do children need protection, but families need help to change their behaviors. Social workers respond to problems within families and advocate for laws, programs, and public understanding of the special needs of children, the most vulnerable group in our society. 

The University’s social work faculty is nationally recognized in the areas of foster care, adoption, adolescence, divorce, child abuse and neglect, custody disputes and parental kidnapping, single parents, and African-American families. The faculty has an outstanding record of research and publication, grant funding, and community service. 

The families and children specialization prepares students for clinical, community organization, and/or social administration practice in a range of professional settings, including child protection and child placement, home-based services to families at risk, children’s group and residential care, school social work, child guidance, child and family services, parent education, juvenile and family courts, family violence programs, child and family advocacy, and policy development. 

The specialization is available to students in both the Clinical and Macro concentrations.