Title IV-E Child Welfare Program

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Program & Masters of Social Work Program

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Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Program & Masters of Social Work Program

Social Work graduate and undergraduate students, who are preparing for careers directed toward child welfare practice in publicly supported social services or are currently working for the State of Utah Department of Human Services Division of Child and Family Services are eligible to participate in the Federal Title IV-E training program. In exchange for receiving financial support and upon completion of the degree, BSW graduates are required to continue employment with DCFS from the date Utah State University certifies the requirements are completed for 12 months if employed full-time and 24 months if employed part-time to repay the Title IV-E Scholarship support; MSW graduates are required to continue employment with DCFS from the date Utah State University certifies the requirements are completed for 24 months if employed full-time and 48 months if employed part-time to repay the Title IV-E Scholarship support.

For more information, please contact the Title IV-E Program Administration:

Dr. Derrik Tollefson, Program Director | derrik.tollefson@usu.edu | (435) 797-9296

Kevin Webb, Associate Director | kevin.g.webb@usu.edu | (435)-797-0737

 

BSW Title IV-E Child Welfare Traineeship

Utah State University is collaborating with the State of Utah Division of Child and Family Services in offering a Child Welfare Traineeship program. This program, which is funded by Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, is designed to recruit students majoring in Social Work to careers in public child welfare services. Successful applicants will receive a $6700.00 stipend ($3350.00 per semester for 2 semesters) during their senior year (typically students must be within 2 semesters of graduation by the time the traineeship begins in the fall). Following graduation, trainees will be expected to vigorously pursue and, if offered, accept employment with the Division of Child and Family Services and remain with the agency for a minimum of 1 year. Trainees will also be required to complete coursework beyond that which is typically required of Social Work majors. For this program, this means taking two of the Social Work program's Child Welfare electives (e.g., SW 3350 Child Welfare or SW 4900 Topical Issue Seminar), or another department's approved child welfare electives (e.g., FCHD course in Abuse & Neglect and/or Child Development; PSY or SOC in Juvenile Justice). If you have already taken one or more of these approved courses they will count toward satisfying this requirement.

Application procedure:

USU Department of Social Work
2021-2022 Eligibility Requirements for the Title IV-E Child Welfare Traineeship Program

  • Senior in BSW program
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Social Work Program GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Practicum Placement in a Child Welfare related agency
      • Division of Child and Family Services
      • Division of Juvenile Justice Services
      • The Family Place
      • Guardian Ad Litem
      • Other Family Support-type agency
  • Take two Child Welfare Electives:
    • Department of Social Work
      • SW 3350 - Child Welfare
      • SW 4900 - Topical Issue Seminar - Forensic Child Welfare
      • SW 3250 - Social Work and Substance Abuse
      • SW 3360 - Adolescents: Theories, Problems, and Issues
      • SW 3450 - School Social Work
    • Department of Human Development and Family Studies
      • HDFS 2660 - Parenting and Child Guidance
      • HDFS 3100 - Abuse and Neglect in Family Context
      • HDFS 3210 - Families and Cultural Diversity
      • HDFS 4220 - FAmily Crisis and Interventions
      • HDFS 3500 - Infancy in Childhood
      • HDFS 3570 - Youth and Adolescence
      • HDFS 4230 - FAmily and Social Policy
    • Department of Psychology 
      • PSY 1100 - Life Span Development
      • PSY 3120 - Abuse, Neglect and Psychological Dimensions of Intimate Violence
    • Department of Sociology and Anthropology
      • CJ 2330 - Juvenile Justice
      • CJ 2360 - Juvenile Law and Procedures
      • CJ 2370 - Child Abuse and Neglect
      • SOC 3410 - Juvenile Delinquency
      • SOC 3420 - Criminology 
  • Post-Graducation
    • Commit to apply for a position within the Utah Department of Human Services located 90 miles or less from your home within 60 days of graduation, including: 
      • The Division of Child and Family Services
      • The Division of Juvenile Justice Services
    • If hired, commiting to work for: 
      • 1 year full-time, or
      • 2 years part-time


MSW Title IV-E Stipend and Tuition Waiver Eligibility

Current State of Utah Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) employees accepted into the USU MSW program may be eligible recipients of the DCFS Title IV-E Stipend plus the MSW Program's 30% tuition waiver. Per Utah's DCFS criteria, eligible Title IV-E recipients must:

  • be currently employed by DCFS for at least a year

  • not be on probation with DCFS (e.g., not in your first year of employment)

  • have Regional Directors' approval

Successful Title IV-E stipend recipients will be required to complete the Title IV-E contract (forms A and B). The contract must be renewed annually. Recipients will be provided with detailed information about the contract procedure. The bi-annual stipend (a USU check) will be mailed to the address provided by the recipient ($3000.00 in August for fall semester, and $3000.00 in December for spring semester). Total amount for the annual stipend would be $6000.00. Per the DCFS contract stipulation (form A), recipients would not be receiving a check for summer semesters. However, a 30% tuition waiver would be applied to the recipients' student account every semester (based on the recipients' total credit hours for the semester and the current MSW tuition rate).

MSW Title IV-E Agreement Contract download Form A and Form B