Child Welfare Stipend Program (B.S.W./M.S.W.)

Student Perspective

“This practice has solidified my understanding that I must create an environment in which clients know that their voices are respected, valued and heard in order to best serve youth and families.”

– 2020 graduate Claire Friedmann

Preparing social work practitioners to engage families, support children, and foster connections.

The Child Welfare Stipend Program is a partnership between the Virginia Department of Social Services and four state universities within Virginia including Virginia Commonwealth University. This specialized training program, funded through title IV-E of the Social Security Act, prepares social work students for a career in public child welfare. B.S.W./M.S.W. students accepted into this program receive a $10,000 stipend per academic year. In exchange for the stipend and extensive child welfare training, the stipend recipient has a work payback requirement to work at a local department of social services within the Commonwealth of Virginia, in foster care or adoption, one calendar year for each academic year the stipend was received.

For questions about the program, contact Naomi Reddish, Child Welfare Stipend Program coordinator, at 

Applying to the CWSP 

Learn about the application process

All application materials for the 2021-2022 academic year cohort were due Feb. 24, 2021. You will have an opportunity to apply to join the Fall 2022- Spring 2023 cohort late fall 2021. We would be glad to talk with you more about the program as well as answer any questions you may have as you are thinking about pursuing a career in public child welfare.  

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Social Work
Academic Learning Commons
1000 Floyd Avenue, Third Floor
Box 842027
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2027

Phone: (804) 828-1030
Fax: (804) 828-0716
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