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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dear Prospective MSW Child Welfare Program Scholar:

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/socialwork/child welfare program/appendix_f.html

Thank you for your interest in the MSW Title IV-E Child Welfare Program (CWP) offered in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. This program provides opportunities for professional development in addition to financial support for selected graduate social work students planning to work in the public child welfare service system. The purpose of the program is to support the recruitment, education, and/or retention of a well-prepared public child welfare work force to enhance the service delivery system in Minnesota.

PUBLIC CHILD WELFARE SERVICES

Public child welfare services are those provided by state, tribal, or county governmental agencies. These social services promote the welfare of all children through child protection, foster care, adoption, family services, and tribal social services. The following definition of child welfare services appear in the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980, Part B, Section 425 (a) (1):

The term “child welfare services” means public social services, which are directed toward the accomplishment of the following purposes: (A) Protecting and promoting the welfare of all children, including handicapped, homeless, dependent, or neglected children;  (B) Preventing or remedying, or assisting in the solution of problems which may result in the neglect, abuse, exploitation, or delinquency of children; (C) Preventing the unnecessary separation of children from their families by identifying family problems, assisting families in resolving their problems, and preventing breakup of the family where the prevention of child removal is desirable and possible; (D) Restoring to their families children who have been removed, by the provision of services to the child and the families;  (E)  Placing children in suitable adoptive homes, in cases where restoration to the biological family is not possible or appropriate; and (F) Assuring adequate care of children away from their homes, in cases where the child cannot be returned home or cannot be placed for adoption.

OPPORTUNITIES

The MSUM Department of Social Work CWP scholar awards are supported by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the US Department of Children, Youth and Families Title IV-E Training Grants. Selected scholars receive advising, professional development, training, and stipend awards.  The stipend award is $10,050.00 per student, per year ($3,000 for fall semester, $3,525 for spring and, $3,525 for summer). The stipends are taxable income and will be disbursed once each semester through student payroll. The Office of Financial Aid is also notified of your student stipend recipient status. This may impact other financial aid.  Recipients are encouraged to consult with the financial aid office.

CHILD WELFARE PROGRAM APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS*

Students who are selected for the Child Welfare Program must:

  • have been accepted to either the Advanced Standing OR Traditional MSW Program;
  • be prepared to meet all academic, training, and professional development requirements;
  • provide documentation of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (driver’s license or passport);
  • complete an essay addressing interest and commitment to practice, career goals, and commitment to culturally relevant practice in public child welfare;
  • sign Statement of Understanding (included in the application);
  • upon acceptance, sign the Memorandum of Agreement with MN Department of Human Services and the Department of Social Work Child Welfare Program;
  • upon acceptance, undergo a background check;
  • commit to working in public child welfare upon completion of the MSW program, following an employment protocol.

 

*COMPLETE expectations for completion of the MSW Title IV-E Child Welfare Program can be found in the Student Handbook (under revision). 

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applications are reviewed by CWP faculty members. Applicants are notified of the decision in writing within 2-3 weeks after the application deadline. Stipend recipients will be selected using the above requirements and the following criteria:

  1. Successful submission of all application material.
  2. Successful applicants will have the commitment and ability to be educated and employed in the public child welfare field. 
  3. Past professional and/or para-professional experience in child welfare, such as child protection, adoptions, foster care, and contracted agencies and agencies/organizations working with vulnerable/at-risk children.  Volunteer experience is also accepted.
  4. Successful applicants should be developing competency in, and commitment to, culturally responsive practice with ethnic minorities, diverse communities, underserved populations, and people not of the applicant’s own racial, ethnic, cultural  or diversity domains.

RENEWAL OF SCHOLAR STIPEND

Scholars are eligible to continue receiving this stipend for each  semester ($3,000 for fall semester, $3,525 for spring and, $3,525 for summer) in which they are enrolled, provided they meet all program requirements. The continuation of this stipend is contingent upon continued MN DHS funding, compliance with all academic standards of the MSW Program and Graduate College, and satisfactorily meeting the requirements for participation as a Child Welfare Program scholar.  Scholars will be asked to sign a Memorandum of Agreement at the beginning of their participation and again should the contract with the MN DHS be altered.

Thank you for your interest in our program. We are delighted that you are considering making a contribution as a professional social worker to the welfare of the children and families.  If you have questions about the Child Welfare Program as you complete this application, please do not hesitate to contact MSUM Department of Social Work MSW Child Welfare Program Coordinator, Kimberly Zammitt, PhD, LICSW at 507--389-6504 or kimberly.zammitt@mnsu.edu.  Additional information about the Department of Social Work is available on the webpage at http://sbs.mnsu.edu/socialwork/graduate/.

The Title IV-E Child Welfare Program is offered in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Department of Social Work, Minnesota State University.  Program continuation is contingent upon on funding from the federal Title IV-E Program as part of P.L. 96-272 (Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act).