The program provides stipends of $18,500 per year for two years, a total of $37,000. Students must participate in the full time MSW program and be preparing for careers in public child welfare.
Students must be enrolled full time (6.1 or more units) as defined by the University. Current employees of county departments of social services must be on educational leave (i.e. not receiving pay from the agency) during the academic year. They may work during break periods and summers.
· Students must be officially admitted into the University and the MSW program.
· Preference will be given to individuals with an interest in child welfare who are:
1. Current employees of county Department of Social Services. You must have
a letter of support from the agency director and be on educational leave.
2. Minority applicants.
3. All other applicants.
· A stipend award committee comprised of representatives of the Title IV-E Program, the School of Social Work and local area public child welfare agencies will review all Title IV-E Stipend Applications, interview candidates, and determine to whom the awards will be offered. If you are selected, you will receive notification through the mail.
· Applicants must agree, upon graduation, to work in a county child welfare services agency for a period of two years.
· Applicants must agree to participate in the complete child welfare curriculum as defined by the School; this includes special training classes during the Fall and Spring Semesters and related field education.
· Applicants must agree to undergo pre-screening for county employment (fingerprint/Livescan and DMV background check), have a valid California driver's license, and secure use of a car as required for fieldwork.
WORK PAY BACK REQUIREMENTS
· Students must apply for employment within SIX (6) MONTHS of graduation. The School of Social Work will assist students by providing information about job openings and application procedures.
· Students who are employees on educational leave must return to work in their home county upon graduation and render one year of continuous and satisfactory full-time employment for each year of stipend award at a level appropriate to a new MSW, unless there is no appropriate child welfare worker job available.
· Students who don't have a prior job or employees who can't find a child welfare job must apply to all the county child welfare agencies within 75 miles of their homes.
· If a graduate is unable to find a position within 75 miles, the graduate must then apply for county child welfare positions throughout the state of California.
· If the graduate has applied to all counties in the state and been unable to find a position, the graduate may request permission to accept a position in a related county program or non-profit agency serving county Title IV-E child welfare clients.
· The academic objectives of this program are defined by the California Child Welfare Competencies produced by CalSWEC. Students must complete the entire MSW Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program and maintain good academic standing (3.0 GPA each semester). If a student withdraws from the Title IV-E program at any time during the two years of the MSW program, they are required to pay back all received stipend funds following graduation. All students must take specialized workshops or trainings on child welfare related issues. In addition, Title IV-E students are required to enroll in SW 701 (Child Welfare Policy section) and SW 843 (Social Work with Children and Families).
· Students must attend special non-credit Title IV-E group meetings.
· All field placements must be approved by the Director of Field Education.
· Students must complete four semesters of field work over the two years in the MSW program. One year must be in a county child welfare agency that serves Title IV-E children. An additional year must be in a related county or non-profit program delivering services to Title IV-E child welfare clients.
· First year and second year students must enroll in Child Welfare-designated sections of Social Work 741, Field Seminar.
FAILURE TO MEET THE OBLIGATIONS OF THE PROGRAM
Students are responsible for payback of financial aid and any costs of collection under the following circumstances:
· Unsatisfactory performance in class or in the field.
· Failure to complete the MSW within the normative period (unless a hardship extension is granted).
· Failure to accept appropriate employment.
· Failure to qualify for employment, either as a result of failing an interview, medical, or psychological exam, or criminal clearance.
· Conviction for a felony or of a crime involving harm to children.
· Voluntary termination of employment before completion of the work requirement (unless a hardship extension is granted).
· Termination of employment before completion of the work requirement due to poor work or improper conduct.
· Violation of the NASW Code of Ethics.
DELAY OF GRADUATION
Students who cannot complete graduation requirements because of personal hardship or disability may request a postponement for one year with approval of the School of Social Work. Hardship postponements may be extended for one additional year. At the end of the postponement period, the student must return and complete his/her education or repay the stipend. Waivers of repayment may be made in the case of permanent disability or death.
A graduate who terminates employment before the requirement is completed must repay the full stipend. However, the graduate may be granted a hardship postponement of one year with permission of the SFSU School of Social Work. Hardship postponements may be extended for one additional year. At the end of the postponement period the graduate must return and complete his/her work requirement or repay the stipend. Waivers of repayment may be made in the case of permanent disability or death. If the graduate is laid-off because of county budget cuts and cannot secure employment in a county child welfare service within 75 miles of his/her home, payback may be delayed for up to 14 months. The graduate must make a good faith effort to secure employment throughout the state within that 14 month period. If no appropriate employment is available, the graduate may seek a related position in a non-profit agency serving IV-E eligible clients.
TERMS OF FINANCIAL REPAYMENT
Interest rate of 6%, collection costs, and repayment periods will be negotiated with the Loans and Receivable Departments of the University in all repayment situations. Any money recouped from students will be forwarded to CalSWEC and deducted from future charges to the State and Federal governments.
Gabriela Fischer, MSW
Devi Ruslani-Reyes, MA