Projects & Programs

SWERT houses five projects and programs that help the community:

  • The Central California Training Academy (CCTA),
    which serves an 12-county region of Central California, trains newly hired and experienced child welfare staff, supervisors, and managers of public child welfare agencies. The academy has been adopted as a statewide model, allowing Fresno State to develop partnerships throughout the Valley and assess whether current social services are meeting people’s needs.
  • The Specialized Foster Parent Training (SFPT) Project,
    trains more than 375 foster parents and caregivers in Fresno County each year on topics such as CPR, first-aid and attachment and separation issues. The project offers instruction to parents and caregivers new to foster parenting and offers technical assistance to ensure that families and children receive the support they need.
  • The Central California Area Social Services Consortium (CCASSC),
    is an example of a partnership that has expanded throughout the years and benefited from multiple collaborative efforts among counties and universities. It provides a forum to discuss ideas and develop strategies that address pressing human service issues faced by residents in the region.  The consortium is a resource for county human service directors in strategic planning, action-oriented research, program and policy training, and revenue/resource management training.
  • The Claims Integrity Unit (CIU),
    was developed at Fresno State out of the consortium. The Claims Integrity Unit provides quality assurance, evaluation and training to ensure proper use of federal funding for participation in foster care pre-placement and other eligible administrative activities.
  • Adult Services Training Academy,
    develops and provides core and fundamental training geared toward educating the regions Adult Protective Services (APS) workers.

Special Projects and Programs