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Child Welfare Scholars

Department of Social Work

"UMD is preparing me to be the best advocate for families and children in under represented native american communities" Lynn Brave Heart
Pictured above: Lynn Brave Heart, Master of Social Work Student, ICWA Scholar, Child Welfare Scholar

The Bachelor's in Social Work Child Welfare Scholars Program promotes the development of generalist social workers to become leaders who are committed to pursuing culturally responsive practice as they serve at-risk children and their families through county and tribal agencies, focusing on Northern Minnesota.

Program Overview

Education and Curriculum

      • Must demonstrate a commitment to the field of public and/or tribal child welfare
      • Complete SW 4113: Introduction to Child Welfare course and SW 5215: Trauma Informed Practice
      • Focus SW 4103: Senior Project & SW 4120: Community Volunteer Experience in child welfare
      • Attend and complete Minnesota Child Welfare Training System Foundation Training

Financial Support

      • UMD BSW Child Welfare Scholars will be awarded $3,000 per semester, or $6,000 per academic year. Eligible candidates must be full-time students.
      • Students may apply for the Child Welfare Scholars Program in their junior or senior year

Student Support

      • One on one and group support for all BSW Child Welfare Scholars
      • Culturally-based support for American Indians, other students of color and non-traditional students
      • Connection with other BSW and MSW Child Welfare Scholars
      • Opportunities to attend special seminars, meetings, and trainings
      • Monthly student seminars provide a place for students to discuss child welfare practice, share their experiences in the field and learn about new and promising practices.

Scholar Requirements

      • Complete the required senior field placement in a county, state, or tribal child welfare unit
      • Upon graduation, seek and accept, if offered within 3 months of graduation, a child welfare job in a county, state, or tribal child welfare agency
      • Remain employed in a public or tribal child welfare position for a length of time equivalent to the amount of time financial support was received

How to apply to become a Child Welfare Scholar

If you think you are interested in becoming a child welfare scholar and you have not worked in child welfare previously, we ask that you review How the Child Welfare System Works and the Minnesota Child Welfare Practice Model to provide you with an understanding of the field of child welfare.  We then ask you to watch Child Protection Work in Minnesota: A Realistic Job Preview, which is part of the application process.

When you are ready to apply, complete the appropriate Child Welfare Scholars application below and return via email to Amy Madsen at madsen@d.umn.edu.

Apply Now BSW Child Welfare Scholars Program Application

2019 -2020 BSW Child Welfare Application Priority Acceptance Deadline:
If you apply by February 22, 2019 we will let you know if you have been accepted as a child welfare scholar by March 1, 2019.
Applications submitted after March 1st will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis.

The Master's in Social Work Child Welfare Scholars Program promotes the development of advanced generalist social workers, practitioners, and leaders who are committed to pursuing culturally responsive practice as they serve at-risk children and their families through county and tribal agencies, focusing on Northern Minnesota.

Program Overview

Education and Curriculum

      • Students must demonstrate a commitment to the field of public and/or tribal child welfare
      • Complete SW 5032 Child Welfare and the Law, SW 8031 Advanced Child Welfare Practice and SW 5215 Trauma Informed Practice
      • Attend and complete Minnesota Child Welfare Training System Foundation Training
      • Attend/host a session at the St. Louis County Health and Human Services Conference
      • Attend/facilitate group table discussions at the Annual ICWA Conference

Financial Support

      • UMD MSW Child Welfare Scholars will be awarded up to $5,500 per semester, depending on the number of registered credits. Eligible candidates may be full- or part-time students.

Student Support

      • One on one and group support for all MSW Child Welfare Scholars
      • Culturally-based support for American Indians, other students of color and non-traditional students
      • Connection with other MSW and BSW Child Welfare Scholars
      • Opportunities to attend special seminars, meetings, and trainings
      • Monthly student seminars provide a place for students to talk about child welfare practice, share their experiences in the field and learn about new and promising practice.

Scholar Requirements

      • Complete the required field II placement in a county, state, or tribal child welfare unit
      • Upon graduation, seek and accept, if offered within 12 months of graduation, a child welfare job in a county, state, or tribal child welfare agency
      • Remain employed in a public or tribal child welfare position for a length of time equivalent to the amount of time financial support was received

How to apply to become a Child Welfare Scholar

If you think you are interested in becoming a child welfare scholar and you have not worked in child welfare previously, we ask that you review How the Child Welfare System Works and the Minnesota Child Welfare Practice Model to provide you with an understanding of the field of child welfare.  We then ask you to watch Child Protection Work in Minnesota: A Realistic Job Preview, which is part of the application process.

When you are ready to apply, complete the appropriate Child Welfare Scholars application below and return via email to Amy Madsen at madsen@d.umn.edu.

Apply Now MSW Child Welfare/ICWA Scholar Program Application

2019 - 2020 MSW Child Welfare Application Priority Acceptance Deadline:
If you apply by February 22, 2019 we will let you know if you have been accepted as a child welfare scholar by March 1, 2019.
Applications submitted after March 1st will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis.

 

Child Welfare Scholar Resources

Welcome! Here you will find the essential resources you will need to make your time both during and after the Child Welfare Scholars Program successful.

Upon exit of the program, Child Welfare Scholars who are employed in the field must submit a Confirmation of Employment form to begin their job payback and a Completion of Employment form when they have completed their payback . Scholars who complete the job search must submit the Job Search Documentation form with accompanying documentation.

APPLICABLE PAYBACK POSITIONS

Scholars are encouraged to contact the Student Support Coordinator with questions regarding qualifying child welfare employment prior to accepting any child welfare position.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Three years post-exit from the Child Welfare Scholars Program, all Child Welfare Scholars are required to keep the Center apprised of their contact information, as the Center may need to get in touch with Scholars from time to time. Please fill out the online Google Form when you have any change in address, phone number, or e-mail.

 If at any time you have questions, please feel free to contact Amy Madsen at 218-726-7497 or madsen@d.umn.edu

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Child Welfare Scholars