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 $18,500 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.
Interested students must submit an application to participate in the 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 accepted to the full-time MSW program (open to Advanced Standing applicants as well). Only applicants that apply to the MSW Program BY the PRIORITY DEADLINE will be considered for the IV-E stipend. The 2018-2019 application is now closed; the IV-E application for 2019-2020 will be available in October of this year.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE APPLICATION: This is a 2-part application; an essay and an electronic fillable-form. You must first complete the essay portion, as you will be required to attach your essay at the end of the electronic application. It is strongly recommended that applicants first read the Frequently Asked Questions page prior to completing the IV-E application.
Lorene Ibbetson, MSW
Title IV-E Program Coordinator
Title IV-E Administrative Coordinator