Become a Training Program Participant

The IV-E Child Welfare Training Program offers social work majors:

  • Future employment opportunities in Child Protective Services (CPS) with a starting salary of over $32,000.00 plus exceptional benefits for BSW graduates.
  • Excellent experience applicable to careers with CPS or in other child welfare practice settings such as family and juvenile courts, schools, family support and preservation agencies, treatment programs, foster care and adoption agencies, hospitals, advocacy settings and/or in public policy arenas.
  • Educational stipend of $5000.00.

Program participants must:

  • Be senior level social work students;
  • Enroll and successfully complete the Children’s Rights and Services course (SOWK 3453);
  • Attend a meeting with the Title IV-E Program Coordinator;
  • Complete the Title IV-E Field Practicum application packet;
  • Provide evidence that (a) the student has completed and passed all prerequisite courses, and (b) the student has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5;
  • Complete the ABLE exam and field placement interview process with Title IV-E Program Coordinator and with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS);
  • Sign the contract with TDFPS, agreeing to work for the department for a designated period of time as “payback”, in exchange for the educational stipend;
  • Complete the TWU Social Work Program field placement/practicum with TDFPS (CPS) in their Academy program while also enrolled in the required courses for TWU social work students (integrative seminar, SOWK 4463 and field practicum, SOWK 4469);
  • While completing the CPS field placement, the student will be assigned a Title IV-E graduate as a mentor to assist the student in successfully completion of the program;
  • Student will also meeting with the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program Coordinator on a weekly basis for the processing of experiences in this social work agency setting, applying theories and concepts of generalist social work practice in working with individuals, families, groups, and communities as related to Child Protective Services, and other necessary tasks.

Upon completion of the CPS Academy and the B.S.W program at Texas Woman's University, the student will be offered employment with TDFPS (CPS) to fulfill agreement as explained in the above mentioned “contract.” For further information contact the Title IV-E Grant Program Coordinator.

Questions?

For more information about the Title IV-E Training Program benefits and requirements, please contact:

Michele Bland, MSSW, LMSW
Associate Grant Program Director/Instructor
Office: OMB 200D
Phone: 940-898-2075
mbland@twu.edu