Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Program|
The Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Program (IV-E Program) is an educational program
that is part of the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) plan to develop an educated
and stable workforce committed to its mission, vision, values, and goals. It is one of a number of
educational or enrichment activities that are designed to ensure that members of the DFCS' workforce
are prepared to deliver services professionally to the families of Georgia.
Who sponsors the IV-E Program?
The Title IV-E Program is a partnership between DFCS and the participating Georgia Schools of
Social Work. The participating schools are: Albany State University,
Georgia State University, Savannah State University, University of Georgia and Valdosta State University.
The partnership is guided by the regulations and requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),
Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Funding for the Title IV-E Program is based on a
funding model prescribed by ACF that consists of Federal funds and funds matched by the individual
school of social work.
If an individual is selected for the Title IV-E Program, the Program
pays for tuition, fees, books, and mileage for persons currently employed by DFCS in Social Services
or those who wish to have a career at DFCS in Social Services.
What are the requirements for participating in the IV-E Program?
The individual may be a current DFCS employee or someone who wishes to have a career in Social Services at DFCS.
The individual must first be accepted into a participating Georgia School of Social Work. After being accepted into a
social work program, the individual then applies online for the Title IV-E Program. The individual is required to
participate in the Title IV-E Selection Process. If selected, the individual then becomes part of the Title IV-E Program
at their respective school. For additional requirements and Program governance, please review the Student Agreement that
may be found on this website.
Which schools offer BSW and/or MSW degrees?
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degrees are offered at: Albany State University, Georgia State University,
Savannah State University and the University of Georgia. Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees are offered at: Georgia State University,
Savannah State University, University of Georgia, and Valdosta State University.
Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Program Application Process
The application process for the Title IV-E Program is a separate process from the admission process to a school of
social work. The Title IV-E Program application process is as follows:
- Apply to the social work program at one of the participating schools. The links to the participating schools may be found on this
website on the home page: https://www.gadfcs.org/grant/cwg.jsp.
- The link for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), required by most MSW programs, is http://www.ets.org/
- If you are not currently employed with DFCS in social services as a Social Services Protect and Placement Specialist (SSPPS-- the position
non-social service IV-E Program students will be required to take once they complete their degree program), click on this link:
- Read the "Overview: Social Services Child Welfare Positions," then answer "yes" to the question "Are you still interested in applying?"
- You will be taken to the next tab with the video "Life as a Case Manager." Watch the video in its entirety and at the end click "yes" to the question
"Do you think this might be the job for you?"
- You will then be taken to the "Self-Assessment: Social Services Case Manager." Complete the assessment and click "Done" when you are finished.
- Remember your score and what it says about your score and your fit for a position as a child welfare professional. You will need to bring that information
with you to the IV-E Selection Process.
- Once you have been accepted into a school of social work, then apply for the Title IV-E Program online at this website on the home page:
- The school will receive your Application via the Internet. The school will give you an appointment for the selection process along with a list of documents to
bring to the appointment. We typically have more applicants for the Title IV-E Program than the schools have slots. We conduct a selection process
with applicants as the way of determining who will be accepted into the Title IV-E Program. After the selection process is completed, the respective schools
of social work will notify students about whether they have been accepted into the Title IV-E Program.
For Your Information (F.Y.I.)
- It is possible to be accepted to a school of social work but not to the Title IV-E Program. If that is the case, students
are required to pay their own tuition.
- If you are applying for a BSW degree, you will not be eligible to participate in the Title IV-E Program until you are accepted
into a social work program (usually in your junior or senior year). If you have to take prerequisite classes before you can be accepted into a social work program,
then you are responsible for paying for those classes.
- If you are a current DFCS employee, in addition to the application process outlined above, you will need to bring a completed Staff Enrichment and Development (S.E.E.D.)
application signed by your immediate supervisor and an approval authority to the selection process appointment. The S.E.E.D. application and the list of approval
authorities may be found on this website on the home page.
- In addition to the S.E.E.D. application (DFCS employees only), all applicants are required to bring to the selection process appointment:
- Consent for Release of Information
- Criminal History Addendum
- Student Agreement
- Work Obligation Form
- All of these documents may be found on the Title IV-E website on the home page
- For all Title IV-E Program participants there is a work obligation to DFCS once you complete your social work degree.
For every academic year (typically 9 months) you receive IV-E funds, you are required to work a calendar year (12 months) for the Georgia Division of Family and
Children Services (DFCS) in social services in a position of Social Services Protect and Placement Specialist (SSPPS) or higher. Failure to complete the work
obligation will result in action being taken to recoup funds expended for the student's education. This includes, but is not limited to, collection/civil proceedings
as deemed necessary. A letter will also be sent to the board that provides licensure, the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Work, and Marriage
and Family Therapists, notifying them of your failure to fulfill your required work obligation.
DFCS-contact L. Denise Edwards, MSW, Title IV-E Program Manager at 404-550-6822 or via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the Title IV-E Program
For social work program information at the respective schools, contact the following persons:
|Albany State University
||Dr. Marilyn Spearman
||Dr. Jessica Ziembroski
|Fort Valley State University
||Ms. Gloria Smith Cisse
|Georgia State University
||Dr. Robin Hartinger-Saunders
|Kennesaw State University
||Dr. Alan Kirk
|Savannah State University
||Dr. Shinaz Jindani
|University of Georgia
||David M. Kelley MSW
|Valdosta State University
||Sonja B. Jenkins