What Do You Know? 5 Facts about the Title IV-E Stipend Program

CalSWEC has been at the forefront of preparing a diverse, culturally responsive, and effective group of social workers through its Title IV-E Stipend Program.

Here are some facts that reflect the success of that program whose graduates serve Californians in almost every corner of the state.

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1. Title IV-E graduates are leaders.

At least 10 of the California’s county child welfare directors are IV-E graduates.

The graduates are:

  1. Alameda—Michelle Love
  2. Butte—Shelby Boston
  3. Humboldt—Stephanie Weldon
  4. Kern—Antanette Reed
  5. Kings—Wendy Osikaso
  6. Napa—Matthew Gephardt (graduate, University of Wisconsin IV-E)
  7. San Benito—Maria Corona
  8. San Bernardino—Marlene Hagen
  9. Santa Cruz—Joan Miller
  10. Stanislaus—Christine Huber

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2. Stipend recipients changed the face of county social work staffs.

IV-E stipend recipients are diverse in ethnicity and linguistic abilities, achieving the IV-E goal of increasing racial and ethnic diversity and linguistic representation among its stipend recipients.

Between 1993 and July 2016, a total of 7,881 California social work students received Title IV-E stipends and graduated—nearly doubling the number MSWs in public child welfare. The 7,881 IV-E graduates changed the face of counties’ social work staff, today more accurately reflecting the racial and cultural diversity of children in the state’s care:

  • 67% of stipend graduates are non-Caucasian, and
  • 45% are fluent in a second language,
  • 71% of the bilingual students and graduates speak Spanish.

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3. County employees know opportunity when they see one.

They have taken advantage of the opportunity offered by the IV-E Stipend Program to further their education.

Between 1993 and July 2016, a total of 2,024 county employees have graduated from one of the IV-E programs:

  1. MSW program: 1,973 county employees
  2. BASW program:  37 county employees
  3. Pathway program: 14 county employees

RELATED: Find more facts in the Title IV-E 2015–2016 Annual Report

4. Native American students’ favorite was Pathway.

Between 1993 and July 2016, the Pathway program has had the highest proportion of Native American enrollment out of the three IV-E programs:

  1. Pathway: 26%
  2. MSW: 2%
  3. BASW: 1.4%      

5. IV-E graduates are (almost) everywhere.

From 1993 to July 2016, collectively, the MSWs, BASWs, and Pathway graduates have been employed in 55 of California’s 58 county child welfare agencies. 

This widespread dispersal of IV-E grads is evidence of the program’s successful efforts to re-professionalize the state’s public child welfare agencies that ultimately enhances the quality of the professional services for California's children and families.

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