Social Work
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Title IV-E EDUCATION FOR PUBLIC CHILD WELFARE

The Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare Program is a collaboration among Salisbury University, the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and the Maryland Department of Human Resources to prepare Bachelor of Arts of Social Work (BASW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) students for public child welfare practice. Students receive a specialized child welfare field placement in a local Department of Social Services providing social work services to children and families through programs such as Family Preservation, Out-of-Home Placement, Adoption, and Child Protective Services. If the annual funding request is approved, financial stipends will be available ranging from approximately $3,000 - $5,000 per semester.

To be selected for the program, students must meet, at a minimum, the following conditions:

  • Have a basic understanding of, and express a specific interest in, social work practice in public welfare;
  • Have been admitted into the Social Work program;
  • Be eligible for field instruction and accept a placement in a local department of social services;
  • Have a valid driver's license and reliable transportation;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
  • Plan to remain in Maryland after graduation from the University;
  • Agree to seek and accept employment with the Maryland Department of Human Resources after graduation. Students incur an employment obligation of 12 months for each academic year (fall/spring semesters) of participation. Students who do not fulfill the employment obligation must repay their Title IV-E stipend within 90 days of graduation. Students who withdraw from the Title IV-E program, prior to completing the two consecutive semester internship, must repay their Title IV-E stipend within 90 days of their notification of withdrawal or at the end of the semester that they received a Title IV-E stipend, whichever comes first.

This program is competitive and the number of stipends is limited.

Students who are interested in applying for the Title IV-E program must complete the application form and submit it to the Salisbury University Department of Social Work Field Instruction Office with their field instruction application. Applicants are selected based on their essay, academic record, a writing sample, and an interview with program faculty.

Students who are current employees of the Department of Human Resources and eligible to apply for the DHR work-study program are eligible for consideration for the Title IV-E Program.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE TITLE IV-E PROGRAM, PLEASE CONTACT:

Jennifer Wright, LSCW-C

Director of Field Education

Salisbury University

jowright@salisbury.edu

410-677-6728