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Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Program

The Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Program provides stipends for competitively selected MSW and BSW senior students to prepare them for competent professional child welfare practice. The School of Social Work believes that fusing theory and research from universities with practice in the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services will result in both improved service delivery benefiting clients and a richer academic content benefiting students. 

Goals of the program include:

For the 2016-2017 school year, the School of Social Work will offer stipends in the amount of $15,000 each for MSW students and $8,000 each for BSW seniors. For extended-time students, the school covers tuition and fees and a stipend for books and mileage. Stipends may be renewed until the student graduates.

Stipend recipients are required to take two child welfare courses, serve in an internship in a county DCFS office, and upon graduation from UGA work for DFCS for 12 months for each academic year that the stipend was received. Students may apply for the stipend for up to two years. Following the work requirement, most graduates of this program choose to continue DFCS employment.

To qualify for an interview, applicants must be MSW students or admitted to the MSW program for the coming year, or be rising junior BSW students. Applications may be made online at

Interviews are being scheduled for July 19, 22 and 25, 2016 for the coming school year.

Students interested in more information about child welfare stipends may contact
Alberta Ellett, Ph.D. ( or (706) 542-5409) to request additional information.

This federally-funded program is made possible through a collaboration between the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and the School of Social Work.