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Qualifications

Only students who are accepted to the California State University, San Bernardino School of Social Work are eligible to compete for the Title IV-E Program. The number of stipends is limited. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to a career in public child welfare. Priority will be given to current employees of the County / State Department of Social Services. Because child welfare is a field-based practice, students must maintain a valid driver's license and automobile insurance.

Application Process

The Title IV-E Program cannot be designated in either the BASW or the MSW Application; a separate Title IV-E Stipend Application (IV-E App) is required.  Documents for the IV-E App can be found in the School of Social Work Application. The completed IV-E App documents must be submitted at the same time as the Application for admission to the School of Social Work Program.  

Selection Process

BASW Applicants: Applications are reviewed and evaluated by a selection committee of BASW Title IV-E faculty and the Title IV-E Bachelor Program Coordinator. Selection of successful applicants is made based on the following criteria:

  • Written responses to questions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of child welfare and the responsibilities of a child protective services worker.
  • Potential to provide high quality, culturally competent social work practice.
  • Demonstrated belief in the concepts of social justice and equality for all clients of the public welfare system.

For Stipends

Like the MSW process, all potential second year Bachelor Title IV-E students will participate in a panel interview made up County Internship Coordinators as part of the selection process. That interview along with an evaluation of classroom work during the first year will all be used as part of the selection process.  Since successful candidates will eventually become employees of DCS, county representatives make the final decision about who they believe will best fit in the child welfare system.

MSW Applicants:

Applicants are evaluated by a selection panel composed of Title IV-E faculty members and one county child welfare representative. Selection of successful applicants is made based on the following criteria:

  • Written responses to questions.
  • Oral responses to interview questions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of child welfare and the responsibilities of a child protective services worker.
  • Potential to provide high quality, culturally competent social work practice.
  • Demonstrated belief in the concepts of social justice and equality for all clients of the public welfare system.
  •  How well applicants will fit into the county public child welfare system.

Since successful applicants will eventually become employees of DCS, county representatives make the final decision about who they believe will best fit in the child welfare system.

Priority is given to current staff members of county public social services agencies. Priority is also given to bilingual applicants, and applicants who reside in the high or low desert areas. Males with an interest in working in the child welfare system are encouraged to apply. Stipends are awarded to those who successfully meet the above criteria.

Upon being awarded into the Title IV-E Stipend Program, students sign a contract agreeing to securing employment in a California County Department of Child Welfare Services or the California Department of Social Services, Child Welfare Division or California Indian Tribal organization within six months of graduation. Students commit employment of one year for each year of aid awarded.

Default

Students who are awarded a Title IV-E stipend, but fail to complete the either the BASW or MSW Program or the required employment obligation with DCS, will be considered in default, and will be required to repay all of the Title IV-E funds received.