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Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Program
Fact Sheet


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:
  1. 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.

  2. The link for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), required by most MSW programs, is http://www.ets.org/

  3. 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:

    http://dhsjobs.dhs.ga.gov/SocialCaseManager/socialQuestionaryFinal.aspx and:

    1. Read the "Overview: Social Services Child Welfare Positions," then answer "yes" to the question "Are you still interested in applying?"

    2. 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?"

    3. You will then be taken to the "Self-Assessment: Social Services Case Manager." Complete the assessment and click "Done" when you are finished.

    4. 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.


  4. 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: https://www.gadfcs.org/grant/cwg.jsp

  5. 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:

    1. Consent for Release of Information

    2. Criminal History Addendum

    3. Student Agreement

    4. Work Obligation Form

    5. 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.


Contact Information

DFCS-contact L. Denise Edwards, MSW, Training & Development Specialist at 404-550-6822 or via email at l.denise.edwards@dhs.ga.gov for information about the Title IV-E Program

For social work program information at the respective schools, contact the following persons:

IV-E College/University Contact Person Phone Email address
Albany State University Dr. Marilyn Spearman (229) 430-4694 spearman@asurams.edu
Augusta University Dr. Jessica Ziembroski (706) 737-1735 jziembroski@augusta.edu
Georgia State University Dr. Robin Hartinger-Saunders (404) 413-1060 rsaunders@gsu.edu
Kennesaw State University Dr. Alan Kirk (470) 578-3634 akirk@kennesaw.edu
Savannah State University Dr. Shinaz Jindani (912) 358-3251 jindanis@savannahstate.edu
University of Georgia Dr. Alberta Ellett (706) 542-5409 aellett@uga.edu
Valdosta State University Dr. Mizanur R. Miah (229) 249-4893 mrmiah@valdosta.edu
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