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Child Welfare Scholars Program

The Department of Child Services Along with The Indiana Partnership for Social Work Education in Child WelfareThe ICSEP is designed to provide special course work and enhanced practicum experiences that lead to employment as a public child welfare worker in the state of Indiana.  Students who participate in the program will receive financial support through the Department of Child Services and will graduate with a commitment for employment with the Department.  To be eligible students must be enrolled in the BSW Program.

Child Welfare Scholars Application (PDF, >1MB)

Title IV-E Foundation and Intermediate Curriculum

The IV-E program utilizes federal and state dollars to help defray the school costs in exchange for a commitment to work at the child services department after graduation. In the case of the MSW students, who worked full-time and went to school part-time, if they spent 36 months in school, they owe the child services department 36 months.

BSW students have their senior year paid for and are required to work for two years with the child services agency.  


Each student selected to participate in the program will receive full in-state tuition and mandatory fees during the duration of participation while maintaining full-time status (12 credit hour minimum), and a 2.5 overall GPA with a 3.0 GPA in the social work program.


Each student will be awarded a stipend to assist with the cost of training expenses during the course of the program, as required by the Indiana Child Services Education Program.


Program participants will have a commitment to work for the agency for a pre-determined number of months post-graduation.

Admissions Process

Applicants are required to submit an application to the program. Following are the minimum requirements for program admission:

  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 and grade point average of 3.0 in social work.
  • Minimum of three semesters remaining before graduation.
  • Interview with social work faculty and representatives of the Department of Child Services.
Applicants will be evaluated on:
  • A written application describing the students interest in the Indiana Child Services Education Program
  • Three professional or academic references
  • Academic Performance
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Volunteer experience

Applications for the 2015 BSW IV-E Program will be accepted during the 2014 Fall Semester. Funding will begin no sooner than the Fall of 2014. There is a mandatory Child Abuse and Neglect Class that must be taken before funding begins.  If you have not taken this course previously, it will be offered in the Spring.  There will be a second mandatory Child Welfare class offered in the fall, and senior practicas must take place in a county DCS office.

Contact Us

Indiana University East
School of Social Work
Tom Raper Hall, TR150
2325 Chester Boulevard
Indiana University East
Richmond, IN 47374-1289 
Phone: (765) 973-8535 or 765-973-8535 
Fax: (765) 973-8590