Child Welfare Stipend Program (B.S.W./M.S.W.)

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 four 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, with a work payback requirement (see stipulations below). 

For questions about the program, contact Naomi Reddish, Child Welfare Stipend Program coordinator, at cwstipend@vcu.edu. 

Applying to the CWSP 

You can now apply to join the Fall 2022- Spring 2023 cohort. We would be glad to talk with you more about the program as well as answer any questions you may have as you are thinking about pursuing a career in public child welfare.  


About the program

Benefits to community partners

Our community partners also benefit from the CWSP at VCU by having the opportunity: 

  • To train social work students during their field practicums 
  • To hire graduates with practice experience in a local department of social services (LDSS) and other child-serving settings 
  • To hire graduates who have completed some of the required Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center training prior to beginning their employment in an LDSS
  • To support their employees and enhance retention of their workforce by providing the opportunity for staff to continue their professional development by returning to VCU to complete their M.S.W.