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Two decades of partnership

The Child Welfare Professional Development Project is a federally funded Title IV-E partnership of SFA’s School of Social Work and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Going strong for nearly 20 years, the program trains qualified, knowledgeable and compassionate social workers who serve rural and underserved counties in East Texas.

In addition to training future social workers, the CWPDP also provides a variety of programming designed to improve the lives of children in East Texas foster care. Throughout the year, the CWPDP offers resources, educational materials and training opportunities for foster families and current employees of Child Protective Services.

Through the CWPDP, students in the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs have the opportunity to apply for unique field work and internship opportunities that provide valuable, hands-on training and generous stipends.

BSW students

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work degree can apply for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Title IV-E stipend program. To qualify for the program, BSW students must:

  • Be approved for Senior Field Instruction
  • Have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher in all social work courses
  • Meet all requirements for employment with Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Complete a criminal background and driving record check
  • Interview in-person with Child Protective Services

Important: BSW students participating in the stipend program are required to work for a minimum of eight months in a Title IV-E position with Child Protective Services. Students must accept a position within 60 days of graduating from SFA.

MSW students and current Child Protective Services employees

SFA graduate students and current Child Protective Services employees working toward a Master of Social Work degree are also eligible to apply for the stipend program. Students who are admitted to the MSW program at SFA and the Title IV-E program receive a stipend every fall and spring semester.

To qualify for the program, MSW students must:

  • Be approved for Field Instruction III
  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all MSW coursework
  • Meet all requirements for employment with Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Complete a criminal background and driving record check
  • Interview in-person with Child Protective Services

Foster care outreach and training

The Child Welfare Professional Development Project offers a variety of training opportunities for Child Protective Service workers, adoptive parents, foster parents and service providers in East Texas. Training programs and materials include:

  • A library of training DVDs for foster parents.
  • Training conferences and events for Child Protective Services employees and foster parents.

 

Contact

School of Social Work
936.468.5105
swk@sfasu.edu

420 E. Starr Avenue

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6104, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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