Academic Partnership In Public Child Welfare 


About Us

The Child Welfare Office coordinates training events for the Division of Children and Family Services staff in 14 counties in Arkansas. We also provide one-on-one training for frontline CPS workers for the first year of their employment as well as advanced training for seasoned workers. We connect ATU students with DCFS for field placement opportunities. 


In 1991 a partnership was formed between the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Since that time, this partnership has grown to include nine Arkansas colleges & universities. Arkansas Tech University became a partner in 1996.

Stipend Program

Psychology, Sociology, and Rehabilitation Science students who are interested in working for DCFS after graduation have the opportunity to apply for a $5000.00 stipend

Resource Library

Our office in Witherspoon 367 maintains a library containing educational materials on topics relating to Child Welfare.


  • Beth Morris, Principal Investigator & IV-E Coordinator
  • Kori Toth-Gray, Research Assistant/Field Trainer
  • Krista Faulkner, Research Assistant/Field Trainer
  • Ashley McCool, Research Assistant/Field Trainer Assistant

For more information, contact Beth Morris or Ashley McCool at (479) 968-0466.