Child Welfare Scholars
The Idaho Child Welfare Scholars program exists through a partnership between the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Children and Family Services (IDHW CFS) and Eastern Washington University. The program provides a stipend to promising bachelor and master level social work students who are committed to practicing social work in Idaho in the field of child welfare. Title IV-E of the Social Security Act provides funding for these stipends. The primary goal of the program is to prepare competent social workers in the areas of foster care and adoption for career positions with IDHW CFS.
Students accepted into the Child Welfare Scholars program are placed in public or private child welfare agencies in Idaho for their field practicum and have access to a variety of child welfare training opportunities and resources. The Child Welfare Scholars stipend program is available for both current and potential Health and Welfare employees. Recruitment of potential employees and retention of current employees are central to the purpose of the program.
Goals of the Child Welfare Scholars Program
- To increase the number and professional child welfare skills of BSW/MSW level social workers among the existing IDHW workforce.
- To recruit and retain highly trained, ethnically and racially diverse social work professionals with advanced degrees.
- To advance the knowledge, experience and professionalism of public child welfare social workers employed by IDHW.
- To develop and administer an academic/practicum program, which is informed by current research on public child welfare and is evaluated to determine the value added by scholars graduates to public child welfare practice.
Child Welfare Scholars Eligibility Criteria
- Demonstrate a commitment to pursue a career in child welfare and agree to the obligations of employment as defined in the Contractual Agreement.
- Must be admitted to a bachelor or master level social work program at Eastern Washington University and remain in good academic standing.
- Applicants are potential IDHW employees and must provide documentation verifying employment eligibility within the United States.
- Pass a criminal history background check and child abuse and neglect registry check.
- If currently employed by IDHW, be continuously employed full-time for at least one year prior to application.
- IDHW employees must have approval from their supervisor and program manager for release time from their job to complete their field placement requirements.
- Participate in a practicum placement interview with IDHW staff and be approved for a practicum placement.
- Have a field placement approved by the Scholars Coordinator.
- Sign a Contractual Agreement and agree to repay the stipend if the requirements of the Contractual Agreement are not met. Be willing to commit to a specified period of employment with CFS following graduation. Non-CFS employees must actively seek employment with the CFS program and accept employment if offered.
How to Apply
Submit application materials to the Scholars Coordinator:
Jenny Sheffield, LCSW
Idaho Child Welfare Research & Training Center
2005 Ironwood Parkway #130
Coeur d'Alene ID 83814-2466
The Child Welfare Scholars Coordinator's Field Education Role Includes:
Integrative Seminars Include Child Welfare-Specific Content:
- Field practicum assignment
- Integrative seminar instruction
- Student evaluation/grade assignment
- Academic advising
- Family-centered social work practice
- Family support, preservation and reunification services
- Family group decision making
- Promotion of family self-reliance
- Child protection services
- Child development
- Concurrent planning
- Foster and kinship care services
- Adoption services
- Children's mental health
- Substance abuse issues in child welfare