Center for Regional & Tribal Child Welfare Studies

Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Project

The Child Welfare Training Project is comprised of two programs:
We are also excited to announce our new ICWA Scholars Program, available to MSW Child Welfare Scholars!

Mission of the Child Welfare Training Project
The mission of the University of Minnesota Duluth's Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholars Program is to provide financial support and educational opportunities to students committed to a post-graduate career in public or tribal child welfare.

The Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholars Project promotes the development of generalist and advanced generalist social workers, practitioners, and leaders who are committed to pursuing culturally competent practice as they serve at-risk children and their families through county and tribal agencies, focusing on Northern Minnesota. The Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Project funds the majority of the Child Welfare Scholars Program. If you want to learn more about how the child welfare system works, you can visit this link here.

In the 2014-2015 academic year, BSW students may apply for the new BSW Child Welfare Scholars Program.

In the 2015-2016 academic year, MSW students have the option of applying for (1) the Child Welfare Scholars Program or (2) the ICWA Scholars Program.


Goals of the Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholars Project

      • Recruit current students and current child welfare practitioners to obtain a Bachelor or Master of Social Work degree.
      • Encourage and support American Indians and people of color to obtain their degree and to pursue a career in child welfare.
      • Provide educational opportunities and specialized curricula to students interested in child welfare to support the development of a highly trained child welfare workforce.
The program achieves these goals by:
      • Selecting qualified students who are committed to pursuing a career in public or tribal child welfare.
      • Providing up to an annual stipend of up to $6,000 (BSW), $11,000 (MSW), $18,000 (MSW-ICWA Scholar) that can be applied toward expenses incurred during their social work education.
      • Providing specialized curriculum and coursework in child welfare.
      • Providing professional development opportunities through online learning, workshops, and conferences.
      • Facilitating opportunities to develop cultural competence.

Child Welfare Scholar Obligations

Students must be accepted to either the BSW Program or MSW Program at UMD before they can apply to the Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholars Training Project. Scholars must apply to the Child Welfare Scholars Program for which they are eligible.

If they are accepted to the Scholars Program and receive a financial stipend, scholars are bound to the following:

  • Sign a Memorandum of Agreement and complete the programmatic expectations of the Child Welfare Scholars Program for which they are accepted.
  • After graduation, Scholars must seek and accept employment in a public child welfare setting for a period of time equivalent to the months they received a stipend.
  • Scholars must complete at least one field placement in a qualifying public or tribal child welfare setting
  • Scholars must complete curriculum requirements specific to child welfare practice.
  • Scholars must provide the Center with documentation of their job search and service.
  • Scholars must complete degree and employment search obligations or they must repay the amount of money received from stipends.

For further information about the program please contact:

Karen Nichols, Ed.D., Associate Director
218-726-8023
knichols@d.umn.edu
Helpful Resources:

 


UMD Social Work Department

220 Bohannon Hall
1207 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812

1 (888) 534-9734
(218) 726-7245

umdsw@d.umn.edu



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