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.
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.
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.
To apply, complete the application packet electronically. The application packet consist of three (3) sections:
The application form
Three (3) reference letters
Interested candidates should submit an electronic application packet to the Child Welfare Stipend Program Coordinator by January 31, 2018. Only complete application packets will be considered.