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Child Welfare Stipend Program
The School of Social Work would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2017-18 CWSP Award
The Child Welfare Stipend Program (CWSP) is a partnership between the Virginia Department of Social Services and four state universities within Virginia (Radford University, Norfolk State University, George Mason University, and Virginia Commonwealth University). This specialized training program, funded through title IV-E of the Social Security Act, prepares BSW and MSW students for a career in child welfare.
Please take a moment to review the Current CWSP Resource Newsletter from Virginia Department of Social Services.
- Eligible students must be enrolled in a full-time BSW or MSW program at one of the four participating universities.
- Stipend Recipients must successfully complete two Child Welfare courses (Child Welfare Policy elective and a Child Welfare practice elective).
- 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/prevention/adoption role).
- BSW Stipend Recipients and MSW Advnaced Standing Stipend Recipients must complete one field practicum at a Local Department of Social Services (primarily in a foster care/prevention/adoption role).
- Stipend Recipients must complete additional CWSP seminars/training as indicated by their University Coordinator. This includes the VDSS Foster Care New Worker Policy Training, and other topics such as trauma informed care, regional trends in substance abuse, interpersonal violence, etc.
To apply, review the Program Guidelines and complete the application electronically. Submit an electronic or hard copy application to the Child Welfare Coordinator by the date indicated on the application.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Erica Thornton, MSW
Waldron Hall 229
Radford, VA 24142
Virginia Department of Social Services Supplemental Information
VDSS is one of the largest Commonwealth agencies, partnering with 120 local departments of social services, along with faith-based and non-profit organizations, to promote the well-being of children and families statewide.
National Title IV-E Website
National Title IV-E Website has been established to build Title IV-E Child Welfare Agency/University Partnerships among participating universities in the United States. This website is also a collaborative network among faculty in social work education programs with a focus on child welfare, both nationally and internationally. learn more