Child Welfare ServicesThe Child Welfare Services Certificate Program is most directly associated with a major in one of the helping professions. However, the certificate can be earned independently of a bachelor's degree. Child welfare specialists serve neglected and abandoned children or those whose behavior has brought them to the attention of the courts. This type of work is demanding and requires highly trained and dedicated professionals for whom children and their families are of paramount importance. A certificate in Child Welfare Services involves a total of 15 credits.