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Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend

What is the Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program (CWSP)?

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. 

Important Dates for Current CWSP Cohort

  • August 21, 2018 - CWSP orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 21 from 8:30-9:45 a.m. in the Deptartment of Social Work conference room in Peterson Hall suite 3600.
  • August 31, 2018 - First day of CWSP seminar class is Friday, August 31, from 9:00-10:15 a.m. in Peterson Hall room 2408.

Approved Electives for the 2018-2019 CWSP Cohort

BSW
Practice: SOCW 483 - Select Topics: Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice - offered Fall 2018
Policy: SOCW 415 - Child and Family Welfare - offered Spring 2019

MSW
Policy: SOCW 654 - Social Policy: Children/Youth - offered Fall 2018
Practice: SOCW 677 - Family Therapy - offered Fall 2018 

Acceptance

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 three (3) months after graduation.

Program Expectations

  • 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.

Application Process

To apply, complete the application packet electronically. The application packet consist of three (3) sections:

  • The application form
  • Three (3) reference letters
  • Applicant’s resume

Interested candidates should submit an electronic application packet to the Child Welfare Stipend Program Coordinator by February 14, 2018. Only complete application packets will be considered.

For more information please contact:
Katherine Cornejo, LGSW
CWSP Coordinator
(703) 993-6009
kcornej@gmu.edu

Virginia Department of Social Services

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) 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.

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