Well-being Needs of Children and Young Adults

Welcome to the Child Development Resource Page!


This page was designed as a tool to provide a review of normal child development and basic child development concepts that participants will need to understand to fully engage in the four day Well-being training.  It will also provide information that can be used in your role as a Social Service Specialist for the Department of Human Services Child Welfare.  This page contains multiple resources, videos, and handouts that will be useful in your work of assessing the development and functioning of children you encounter during your career in child welfare.


Some who enter employment as a Social Service Specialist have background education and knowledge in the normal development and expected ages and stages of development for children.  Others come from fields and education that do not require this experience or knowledge and need more background knowledge of child development concepts and what to expect of children at different ages and developmental levels.  The resources included on this page are a self directed learning opportunity.


If you find that you are having difficulties with the website, please feel free to email Kristin Chappell at kchapp2@pdx.edu.


We look forward to seeing you in training!


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Portland State University

Child Welfare Partnership

626 High Street NE, Suite 400

Salem, OR 97301


(503) 315-4267

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