Title IV-E Public Child Welfare Training Program

The IV-E Public Child Welfare Training Program (CWTP) supports students who have career interests in child welfare. The program aims to:

  • increase the quality and retention of the child welfare workforce by supporting the education and training of social work BSW and MSW students who are committed to working in the child welfare field;
  • promote the professional development of current and future leaders, supervisors, and managers in child welfare;
  • provide financial assistance to students in return for employment with IV-E eligible child welfare organizations in Milwaukee and surrounding counties.

If you are interested in learning more about what public child welfare work looks like, please watch the job preview developed by the State of Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

Prospective Students

UW-Milwaukee has two Child Welfare Training Programs that are described below. Spots are limited and are generally very competitive.

BSW Program

BSW students are recruited to complete a field placement at either Racine County Human Services or the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services. After students complete their degree, they will be required to seek child welfare employment at their field placement agency.

Financial assistance provided:

  • Tuition/Fees
  • Book Allowance

Recruitment for this program is scheduled to begin in September 2021. Check back for updates and a link to application materials.

Part-Time MSW Program

At this time, we are only accepting applications from individuals who are currently employed in child welfare in Milwaukee County, Racine County, and Walworth County. Recruitment is done in partnership with child welfare agencies.

Prospective applicants can apply for either the Advanced Standing MSW (BSW within the past 5 years) or the Standard MSW (non-BSW bachelor’s degree, or BSW more than 5 years old).

Students will be enrolled in the part-time MSW Program and will typically complete courses in the evenings. All students will be required to complete a 3-semester field placement in an agency that serves child welfare clients. Upon graduation, students will be required to complete a work obligation at their employing agency of at least 10 months. The Advanced Standing Program should take approximately 2.5 years to complete. The Standard Program should take approximately 4.5 years to complete.

Financial assistance provided:

  • Tuition/Fees
  • Book Allowance
  • Stipend during field placement (if applicable)

Recruitment for this program is scheduled to begin in September 2021 for students to begin classes in the Spring semester of 2022.

Contact Us
  • Project Manager
    Johanna Barkei
    barkei@uwm.edu
  • Current students, contact the project manager with any questions or concerns.
  • Contact the project manager if your county or agency would like to partner with UW-Milwaukee.