Goals of Title IV-E Contract
Because fewer than 25% of child protective service workers in Texas hold a Bachelors (BSW) or Masters degree in Social Work (MSW), the aim of the Title IV-E Project is to expand the contractual relationship between the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) in Region 7 and Region 8 and the Center for Applied Interdisciplinary Research. The primary goals are to:
1) Increase the qualifications and numbers of BSW and MSW graduates who enter public child welfare practice.
2) Enhance the skills of selected PRS employees through graduate social work education.
University and agency field supervisors worked cooperatively to enhance the curriculum at the university and the training at the agency. Newly developed curriculum modules focus on the most current theories and techniques associated with foster care management, permanency planning, placement, and case management in a multicultural society. The training includes content relevant to Title IV-E child and family services policies, programs and practices such as referral to services, preparation for judicial determinations, placement of children, development of case plans, case reviews, case management and supervision, and the recruitment and licensing of foster homes and institutions.
If you are interested in a career in child welfare, please contact our Grant Specialists, Martha Wildberger
for the Austin region or Rhonda Smith
for the San Antonio region. If you are already employed in child protective services, please contact your supervisor for application information about employee stipends at the agency and the MSW Director at Texas State for graduate school information. Our brochure
has additional information about Child Welfare Career Opportunities.
Dr. Nancy Chavkin is the director of this grant.