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Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program

IV-E Department

2024-2025 Title IV-E Application

Applicants that had a complete MSW application (all required documents on file by January 31, 2024) will receive priority consideration for a IV-E stipend. 

Pending an offer of admission to the MSW Program, Title IV-E applications will be reviewed. Selected invididuals will be invited for an in-person interview in mid-to-late April, with stipends awarded within one week of the last interview. If offered admission to the MSW Program, but not invited for an interview, the option to defer admission is available. Those choosing to defer their admission for one year must notify the department and would be guaranteed admission to the MSW Program the following year without having to reapply, but would need to reapply for IV-E.   

The IV-E application for the 2025-2026 academic year will open in October. Please visit us then!

The Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend program at CSUSM provides specialized training for students who are committed to working in public child welfare. The program is funded through a federal grant from the Title IV-E Social Security Act, with the goal of improving the quality of foster care, reducing the number of children in foster care, returning children to their homes as soon as conditions permit, and facilitating the adoption or permanent placement of children who cannot be returned to their homes.

Students selected to participate in the stipend program gain knowledge and practice experience working in child public welfare settings that will prepare them for a career in this field. Participants receive an annual stipend of $25,000 each year they are funded (up to 2 years), and upon graduating with their MSW degree, commit to working in a county child welfare agency for the period of time they received financial support. Indigenous graduates may also complete their employment requirement in a California Reservation Child Welfare Services agency, urban Indian agency in California serving Title IV-E eligible children and families, or a non-California Reservation Child Welfare Services agency.

Interested students must submit an application to participate in the Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program. IV-E applicants must apply to the CSUSM Master of Social Work program simultaneously and will only be considered for the Child Welfare Stipend Program if they are offered admission to the MSW program. Full-time stipends are available to 2-year full-time and Advanced Standing applicants. 3-year evening/hybrid stipends may be available, but only for qualifying County of San Diego (only) HHSA Department of Child and Family Well-Being employees.

Selection Priority

  • Current staff members of county public social services agencies and employees of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) (will need to take a leave of absence);
  • Applicants who reflect the diverse client populations currently served by public child welfare in California;
  • Specific attention to indigenous students committed to tribal and other indigenous organizations serving child welfare involved families;
  • Other qualified individuals with demonstrated experience and commitment to careers providing high-quality, culturally responsive practice in public child welfare services.