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The MSW Child Welfare Education Program (CWEP) for Advanced Standing students is a collaborative effort between the Masters of Social Work (MSW) program in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS). The program provides financial support, a specialized curriculum, and a public child welfare field placement to MSW students at ASU. Students who are accepted into the program receive payment of their in-state tuition and mandatory fees through the Title IV-E, Child Welfare Field Education and Student Support Project. This is federal funding that is administered by DCS. Students who receive this funding sign a contract committing them to work for DCS upon graduation for 24 months. While working at DCS, students under contract receive the same rate of pay and benefits as all other DCS employees of their same pay grade and are able to promote within the agency when they are eligible. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the public child welfare workforce by preparing future child welfare social workers.
The mission of the Child Welfare Education 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) instill in students' 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.