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March 16, 2005
Contact: Alice Lieberman, (785) 864-8957; or Michelle Levy, (785) 864-2291.

National organization awards child welfare program based at KU

LAWRENCE -- The American Public Human Services Association has given its first Academic Excellence Award to the Kansas Child Welfare Scholars Program at the University of Kansas.

The award will be made to Alice Lieberman, principal investigator and professor of social welfare, and Michelle Levy, program coordinator, during the association's 75th anniversary conference March 22 in Washington, D.C.

" We are thrilled to be receiving this prestigious award and want to recognize our consortium partners and the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services," Lieberman said. "This program works because we all share the same goal: a better life for Kansas kids."

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Public Human Services Association is a nonprofit, bipartisan organization of individuals and agencies concerned with human services. In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the association is recognizing individuals and organizations for their contributions to human services and in service to children, adults, families and communities across the country.

The Kansas Child Welfare Scholars Program, a partnership between the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services and the Social Work Education Consortium, seeks to enhance child welfare service delivery in Kansas by increasing the number and diversity of professionally educated social work staff with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

The scholars program provides specialized educational opportunities in public child welfare practice and financial support for undergraduate social work students who commit to employment in public child welfare. The program also provides resources to educators for curriculum development, evaluation and training to foster excellence in public child welfare education and services.

The Social Work Education Consortium includes KU, Bethany College in Lindsborg, Bethel College in Newton, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, Washburn University in Topeka and Wichita State University.

Founded in 1930, the American Public Human Services Association has a membership consisting of people from all state and many territorial human service agencies, more than 150 local agencies, and several thousand individuals who work in or otherwise have an interest in human service programs.

The association educates members of Congress, the media and the public on what is happening in the states around welfare, child welfare, health care reform and other issues involving families and the elderly.

For more information about the association visit http://www.aphsa.org/Home/News.asp. For more information about the Kansas Child Welfare Scholars Program visit http://www.socwel.ku.edu/occ/cws/index.html.

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