Our History


In 1991, the Inter-University Consortium on Child Welfare (IUCCW) Training Project was formed through three individual contracts between the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and three professional schools of social work that made up the IUCCW: California State University Long Beach, University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California.

In 2013, A three-year Contract (2013-2017) was established between LA County DCFS and UCLA solely, streamlining the immense contract and its deliverables under one university. UCLA, holding the Master Contract, subcontracts with six other schools of social work. While UCLA has the direct contractual relationship with DCFS, the Contract requires that UCLA subcontract with the original three IUCCW universities as well as four others, California State University Los Angeles, California State University Dominguez Hills, California State University Northridge, and more recently, Azusa Pacific University. UCLA with its six subcontractor universities come together under a program title of the University Consortium for Children and Families. The UCCF brings together a total of seven schools of social work countywide in order to recruit and provide internship stipends to a diverse and larger group of MSW students. UCLA and its six subcontractors together form a partnership along with LA County DCFS and its Training Section to provide comprehensive training and education to a range of staff including child social workers (CSWs), Supervising Child Social Workers (SCSWs), DCFS leadership, and administrative staff.




The Contract is funded by seventy-five percent federal Title IV-E dollars as authorized by the Social Security Act — for every $3 of federal, state, county dollars in expenditures, our universities match with $1 using in-kind administrative support. The Contract is cost-reimbursable meaning contract spending are reimbursed after training services and deliverables have been rendered.