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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 Services to prepare 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.

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 MSW program and be a full time graduate student;
  • 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 Services 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 or withdrawal from the program. 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 Services and approved by their local agency and the Department of Human Services are eligible for consideration for the Title IV-E Program.


Jennifer Wright, LCSW-C
Salisbury University

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