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For further information contact our Title IV-E office:

Phone: 559.278.3076

Office: PHS 115




MSW Title IV-E Child Welfare Program


Title IV-E participants must have a bachelor’s degree (BA, BS, or BSW). Priority will be given to:

  • Current public child welfare employees who are qualified for admission to an MSW program;
  • Applicants who reflect the diverse client populations currently served by public child welfare in California;
  • Other qualified individuals with demonstrated commitment to careers providing high quality, culturally competent practice in public child welfare services.

MSW Title IV-E Program Requirements & Eligibility

The MSW Child Welfare (Title IV-E) Program provides funds to full-time and part-time social work students who are preparing for careers directed toward child welfare practice in publicly supported social services.

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Full-Time Program - Full-time students are provided two years of support at $18,500 per year. Students pay mileage, books and tuition out of this amount. Part-Time Program - Part-time students are provided the cost of tuition and books (up to $650 per semester) and mileage (plus parking allowance, $3,000 per year). Admittance to the part-time program is limited to current employees of CWS, DSS, or CDSS.

Participant Requirements

Participant requirement at this time are as as follows:
components involving both academic and field preparation. In addition to the internship in a public child welfare setting, the following is required of all selected Title IV-E students.

  1. Attendance and participation at Title IV-E Integrative Seminars (4 hours)
  2. Completion of a thesis/project relating to child welfare practice.
  3. Enrollment in SW 278 Advanced Child Welfare course.
  4. Attendance and participation in Child Welfare Symposium.
  5. Attendance and participation in CalSWEC student focus group.
  6. Maintenance of "good standing" in the MSW Program (3.0 GPA)

Eligibility Criteria

All interested applicants must first apply to CSU, Fresno and the MSW Program at CSU Mentor by, the deadline date in order to be eligible to apply to the Title IV-E Program. All existing university and MSW Program admissions requirements still apply to all applicants interested in the Title IV-E Program. Students may apply for theTitle IV-E Program by completing the application which will be provided to you here once it has been updated.young girl holding toddler  Awards are granted by a committee consisting of faculty, administration and agency representatives from County Child Welfare Service Agencies. Priority is given to current employees of county child welfare agencies and to applicants who reflect the diverse populations currently served by child welfare agencies in California.

Applicants who apply to the program "full-time" and who are current employees must have a "Leave of Absence" (LOA) from their agency director. Applicants who apply to the program "part-time" must provide a "Letter of Support" (LOS) from their agency director. All program participants must agree to attend the Integrative Seminars and Field Internship, complete a Thesis/Project, have a valid driver's license and secured use of a car as required for field internship, and must undergo pre-screening for county internship. Upon graduation they will work in a public child welfare agency for a period of two years.