Preparing social work practitioners to engage families, support children, and foster connections.
The Child Welfare Stipend Program is a partnership between the Virginia Department of Social Services and five state universities within Virginia including Virginia Commonwealth University. This specialized training program, funded through title IV-E of the Social Security Act, prepares social work students for a career in public child welfare. B.S.W./M.S.W. students accepted into this program receive a $10,000 stipend per academic year. In exchange for the stipend and extensive child welfare training, the stipend recipient has a work payback requirement to work at a local department of social services within the Commonwealth of Virginia, in foster care or adoption, one calendar year for each academic year the stipend was received.
“This practice has solidified my understanding that I must create an environment in which clients know that their voices are respected, valued and heard in order to best serve youth and families.”
– 2020 graduate Claire Friedmann