Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program


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 sign yearly contractts to work in public child welfare.



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. 



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 before the start of both Fall and Spring Semesters and related field education requirements. 

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.


The School of Social Work will assist students by providing information about job openings and application procedures.

Students are expected to abide by the contract they have signed.

  • Students who are county 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.
  • Students are expected to secure employment in a qualifying agency at a level appropriate for the degree received providing child welfare services in California. The contract they have signed will specify applicable conditions and timelines. 
  • Students must meet contractual obligations regarding timely employment. Failure to do so will result in obligation to enter repayment for the full stipend amount plus any interest and fees. 
  • Students unable to secure employment as specified by their contract may submit a petition to CalSWEC for additional employment search time. 



         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. 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 mandatory trainings prior to the start of Fall and Spring semester and any other Title IV-E group meetings. 



  • All field placements must be approved by the Director of Field Education in consultation with the Principle Investigator and Project Coordinator. 
  • 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.




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.



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. At the end of the approved 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.



Interest rate of 6%, collection costs, and repayment periods will be negotiated with the School of Social Work and 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.



Lucy Fuentes, LCSW #88943

Title IV-E Project Coordinator

San Francisco State University-School of Social Work

1600 Holloway Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94132

Email: lfuentes@sfsu.edu