Professional Education for Child Welfare Practitioners

Posted by on April 30, 2004

Funding Available for Professional Education for Current and Prospective Public Child Welfare Practitioners Leading to the MSW Degree.

Deadline: June 18, 2004.

The purpose of this grant program is to provide professional education opportunities leading to an MSW degree to prospective and current public child welfare agency staff. Traineeships will provide competency-based, child welfare training with a particular emphasis on developing the critical knowledge, values, and skills that are necessary to respond to the complex problems confronting children and families in the child welfare system.

Applicants must have an accredited social work education program and should have a strong partnership with a public child welfare agency and be prepared to redesign their curriculum to maximize student learning opportunities for work in public child welfare agencies.

Grantees will be expected to:
(A) Focus on curriculum reform involving the development of specific child welfare courses and the inclusion of competency-based child welfare-oriented course content in the social work curricula;
(B) Increase the numbers of field placements in public child welfare agencies; and
(C) Improve the quality of the supervision of those placements.

Applications must include a letter from appropriate State child welfare agencies, Tribal Organizations, community agencies, academic departments, other disciplines, institutions, etc. committing to coordination with the school/department of social work and indicating intent to participate in the project. This letter of agreement must be signed by the Director of the Child Welfare Agency.

Program Office Contact: Marva Benjamin, 330 C St., SW., Washington, DC 20447; 202-205-8405,

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