School of Social Work

BASW Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program

Program Description

The California State University, Chico, School of Social Work is a participant in the statewide Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program, a collaborative project of the California Department of Social Services, the County Welfare Directors Association, California’s graduate schools of social work and social welfare, and the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The primary goal is to professionalize child welfare services by increasing the number of bachelor's- and master's-degreed social workers who provide services to children and their families.

The IV-E stipends provide one year of support in the amount of $15,000 for students in the Senior Year of the Full-Time BASW Program. To receive this stipend, students must have applied and been accepted into the Title IV-E BASW program.

One-Year BSW Program

  • Required BSW coursework – SWRK 320: Child Welfare (Elective)
  • Senior year field placements must be in a qualifying California Public Child Welfare Agency.
  • Attendance to all scheduled (on-campus) Title IV-E workshops and trainings, including monthly practice labs.
  • Sign a contract agreeing to pay back this award by securing employment in a qualifying California Public Child Welfare Agency within six months of graduation. They must complete one year of full-time, continuous employment to "pay back" the full-time stipend. Monetary repayment is only required when appropriate and/or approved employment is not obtained.
  • Students who are employees of a DSS/CDSS or CWS employees on educational leave must return to work in their home county upon graduation.


Students must be enrolled in the California State University, Chico, School of Social Work to be eligible to apply for the BASW Title IV-E Program. The number of stipends is limited. Applications must demonstrate commitment to public child welfare. Fluency in a high demand language is given priority.

Application Process

Applying for Title IV-E BASW Stipend Program is a three-step process.

Step 1: Apply for admittance to Chico State.

Step 2: Apply to the CSU, Chico, School of Social Work BASW Professional Sequence Program. Download all application materials from the Web site, complete the application, and mail or deliver to the School of Social Work. 

Step 3: Applicants must be accepted and be in good standing to complete their junior year, before applying to the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program. Applicants apply to the Title IV-E program during their junior year.

Step 4: Candidates will be screened and interviewed by a panel consisting of University and community partners.

Awards Process

An awards committee, made up of representatives of the CSU, School of Social Work, and community partners, which may include representatives of public child welfare agencies, tribal child welfare, county adoptions, and state adoptions, will review all applications, interview qualifying candidates, and finalize selection of candidates to whom the award will be offered.

Contact Information

Meka Klungtvet-Morano                                               
Title IV-E Project Coordinator     

Chelsea Cornell                     
Title IV-E Project Coordinator