What is the Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program?
The Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program (CWSP) is a partnership between the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) and four universities within Virginia. This specialized stipend program aims to prepare social work students for a long lasting career in child welfare. Each CWSP recipient will receive a $10,000 stipend per academic year.
In exchange for the $10,000 stipend and extensive child welfare training, accepted students must commit to work at a Local Department of Social Service agency within the state of Virginia one (1) calendar year for each academic year the stipend was received. This employment obligation begins six (6) months after graduation.
- Eligible students must be enrolled in a full-time BSW or MSW program
- Stipend students must successfully complete two Child Welfare courses (Child Welfare Policy and Child Welfare Practice electives).
- MSW Stipend Recipients must complete one field practicum in a child serving setting, and one field practicum at a Local Department of Social Services (primarily in a foster care/adoption role).
- BSW Stipend Recipients and MSW Advanced Standing Stipend Recipients must complete one field practicum at a Local Department of Social Services (primarily in a foster care/adoption role).
- CWSP recipients are required to complete the VDSS Foster New Worker Training and attend Child Welfare focused workshops held throughout the academic school year at GMU.
Approved Electives for the 2020-2021 CWSP Cohort
Practice: SOCW 483 - Select Topics: Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice - offered Spring 2021
Policy: SOCW 415 - Child and Family Welfare - offered Spring 2021 as a distance education section
Policy: SOCW 654 - Social Policy: Children/Youth - offered Fall 2020
Practice: SOCW 677 - Family Therapy - offered Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
To apply, complete the application packet electronically. The application packet consist of four sections:
- Application form. Submit electronically through the online application.
- Personal statement. Submit via email to the CWSP Coordinator.
- Two reference letters. Letters of recommendation should be submitted via email to the CWSP Coordinator.
- Applicant’s resume. Submit via email to the CWSP Coordinator.
Applications for the 2021-2022 Child Welfare Stipend Program are now due by March 1, 2021, no later than 11:59pm. Only complete application packets will be considered. To access the application and reference letter form, please click the links below.
Application to CWSP and Acceptance into the MSW Program
Applicants should not wait until they receive a decision letter from the MSW program before applying to the Child Welfare Stipend Program. Applicants interested in the MSW Program and Child Welfare Stipend are encouraged to apply to both programs separately within the same time frame. The MSW and CWSP are different programs, however, the application timelines are similar.
Katherine Cornejo, LGSW
Virginia Department of Social Services
The Virginia Department of Social Services is one of the largest Commonwealth agencies, partnering with 120 local departments of social services to promote the well-being of children and families statewide.