Title IV-E Child Welfare Program

If you are interested in serving families and children and deal­ing with the issues of child abuse and ne­glect, consider being a part of the Title IV-E Program at UNT.

What is the Title IV-E Program?

The Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program is a joint project with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Protective Services, and the University of North Texas.

UNT receives a grant from the Texas De­partment of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) to educate and train social work students to become professional child protective specialists, helping children and families who experience child abuse and neglect.

An educational stipend is available to eligible undergraduate applicants in exchange for a commitment to complete a social work field placement within a Child Protective Services conservatorship unit and acceptance of employment upon graduation.

Student Benefits

  • Generous stipend given during the student’s last semester in the program.
  • Professional training and social work experience at Child Protective Services in the areas of foster care, adoption and family preservation services.
  • Excellent opportunity for employment after gradua­tion with competitive entry-level salary.

Application Process

Title IV-E Child Welfare Students must:

  • Successfully complete SOWK4700, Child Welfare Theory, Practices and Services as well as all other courses required for a BSW degree.
  • Attend the IV-E Field Orientation Seminar held the semester before entering field placement.
  • Be eligible for graduation with a BSW degree at end of the field placement semester.
  • Complete the Title IV-E application packet.
  • Pass criminal history, TDFPS, Child Abuse Registry, and driving record checks.
  • Pass the TDFPS pre-employment written assessment
  • Complete a pre-employment inter­view with TDFPS.
  • Contract with TDFPS/CPS for em­ployment upon graduation from UNT. 

For More Information Contact:

Kayla Whitworth, LCSW-S
Title IV-E Child Welfare Senior Program Coordinator
Department of Social Work
University of North Texas
Chilton Hall 397G- 940-369-6609