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The Child Welfare Education Programs at ASU are a collaborative effort between Arizona State University, School of Social Work and the Arizona Department of Child Safety. They are funded by the Child Welfare Field Education and Student Support Project, a Title IV-E grant.
The mission of the program is to prepare social work students to empower families and promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of the children involved in Arizona's public child welfare system. The goals of the program are to 1) facilitate students' development of culturally responsive and socially just critical decision-making capacities, 2) create frameworks for viewing both problems and collaborative solution-seeking through trauma-informed, relationally-based, and resiliency theories, and 3) teach engagement, assessment, and intervention skills specific to case management with vulnerable children and families.
Students involved in the programs receive financial assistance while pursuing their degrees in social work. In return, students commit to work for Arizona's Department of Child Safety (DCS) upon graduation. There are financial assistance programs for both BSW and MSW students.
The financial assistance represents an investment in the DCS workforce and in the vulnerable families of Arizona. All applicants to the programs are encouraged to review the information under the working for DCS heading before submitting their applications to ensure that their work interests and personality traits are a good fit for the rewarding and challenging work of public child welfare.
Resources for Child Welfare Practitioners