Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program
The Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program provides professional education and student support through its Title IV-E Stipend Program to graduate and undergraduate social work students preparing for the field of public child welfare. The program also supports the development of Curriculum Competencies for Public Child Welfare and Child Welfare Education Curriculum Resources.
The Title IV-E Child Welfare Program collaborates with the schools of social work on a number of projects to enhance the program. Currently these projects are the American Indian Recruitment Program, the Pathway Program (Distance Education), and the Field Instruction Initiative. The program also supports evaluation and research efforts to enhance the delivery of the competencies and the retention of public child welfare workers.
To prepare their child welfare students for work in the field, the graduate schools of social work in collaboration with public child welfare agency representatives and other stakeholders created the CalSWEC Curriculum Competencies for Public Child Welfare. These competencies, revised every five years to reflect current practice, serve as a model for collaborative curriculum development across the nation.
To meet changes in curriculum and educational requirements, the Title IV-E Stipend Program strives both to gather and to support the creation of curriculum resources. A need for materials on specific topics may be identified by several constituencies: university staff and faculty, social work students and graduates, county child welfare partners, and the CalSWEC Board of Directors.
In addition, CalSWEC provides curriculum resources in response to developments in legislation and child welfare practice. Resources extend over several media types, including sound and video recordings.
For more information:
- Contact: Chris Mathias, Director, Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program