Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program
The Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program is a federally funded initiative which:
- Supports partnership programs designed to prepare social work students for careers in the child welfare profession and to develop the skills of current workers (through the stipend program);
- Provides for the direct financial assistance (stipends) to social work students (federally funded);
- Provides for the curriculum development materials including books, journals, periodicals, videotapes, (TWU Title IV-E Resource Library), conferences, etc.;
- Supports the development of Title IV-E Child Welfare agency/university partnerships;
- Funds short and long-term training programs for current and prospective child welfare staff, foster/adoptive parents and child advocates;
- Provides for the funding for outreach and recruitment of the bachelor of social work workforce.
Benefits of the Program
In 2000, Texas Woman's University entered into a partnership/grant contract with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The partnership produces valuable benefits for TWU students and the greater community, including:
- A substantial number of students receiving a Title IV-E stipend and entrance into the CPS workforce;
- Increased knowledge, skills and competences for current and prospective CPS staff, foster/adoptive parents, and other child advocates (via child welfare trainings and conferences);
- Assisted recruitment and retention of staff for the agency (via TWU Career Day and Job Fair exhibits, and child abuse awareness month campaigns);
- Furthered professionalism in the Child Protective Services agency;
- A strengthened Texas child welfare system for individuals, children and families.
I am very grateful for the Title IV-E program because with it I was able to graduate with a job where I can fight for what social work is all about: social justice.
I encourage anyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of children and families to take advantage of the IV-E program.