About the Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program
Since 1992, CASCW has been administering the Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program to MSW students who are committed to working in public child welfare. Today we have nearly 400 alumni of the program working in a variety of practice and leadership positions in public and tribal child welfare, both in Minnesota and nationwide.
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A Specialized Experience
A typical full-program MSW student in the Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program completes 1,193 hours of child welfare-specific training and education during the two-year program. This breaks down as follows:
Primary Elements of the Program
The primary obligations for students include:
- Selection of Family and Children as a primary concentration
- Completion of specific MSW courses
- Attendance of two days of Experiential Learning in the Native American community
- Obtaining, at minimum, four IV-E Event Credits (see this factsheet for more information)
- Specialized IV-E Child Welfare advising with a CASCW faculty member at least once a semester
- Completion of one public or tribal child welfare field placement, at minimum (see the IV-E Field Placement page for more information)
The length of employment obligation is equal to the amount of time graduates were supported as students. One semester of educational funding is equivalent to 4.5 months of employment obligation. If a student receives the IV-E stipend for three semesters, they are obligated to an employment “payback” of 13.5 months. If a student receives the stipend for four semesters they are obligated to an employment payback of 18 months.
Students remain in close contact with CASCW through their employment obligation, at minimum. It is the goal of CASCW to support students throughout their employment search and employment “payback” obligation, as well as beyond. All graduates must stay in contact with CASCW staff while completing their obligation.
Access post-graduation employment forms here.
In addition, CASCW regularly sends out email announcements regarding new research and publications, public policy updates, and child welfare employment opportunities. To receive email updates or to update your email preferences, go to http://z.umn.edu/cwupdate.
To learn more about these and other items of importance to our graduates, see our Alumni page.