2021 Summer Child Welfare Academy

A free multidisciplinary program exploring foster care and related issues for all UCLA students.

The UCLA Pritzker Center’s Summer Child Welfare Academy is a three-week multidisciplinary program for UCLA students interested in learning more about foster care and youth justice, and the related issues of education, law, health care, public health, social work, mental health, and more. Issues concerning race, disparities and other inequities facing children of color will be emphasized. Likewise, we will emphasize career opportunities for students in the field.

Presenters include UCLA faculty and staff from across campus, and community leaders in child welfare–examples include, doctors, teachers, social workers, lawyers, psychologists, and policy makers.

This program is not graded and there is no homework or exam. Optional reading, videos and other media will be shared.

In response to COVID-19 and due to to social distancing requirements, THE PROGRAM WILL BE ONLINE VIA ZOOM.

Students who participated in the 2020 Summer Academy are welcome to join again. However, content and speakers will likely be similar, with some variations.

Sessions will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-3:00, as follows:


Students who complete all 7 sessions will be provided with a certificate of completion.

Requirements/Criteria: This free application-based program is for enrolled students from any major or degree program at UCLA. There is no GPA requirement. We seek applicants from a variety of disciplines, with past system involvement, and/or an interest in any type of career serving children/families. Incoming Fall 2022 UCLA students are welcome. A broad range of students with a varied career goals are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please complete the form here by June 11. Application decisions will be shared by June 18.