The Colorado Child Welfare Scholars Consortium (CCWSC), formerly the Child Welfare Stipend Program, aims to grow and support a well-educated and prepared child welfare workforce through social work education and postgraduate professional development.

The CCWSC provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate social work students interested in pursuing a career in public child welfare in Colorado. In addition, the CCWSC contributes to the child welfare workforce through research, evaluation, and professional development opportunities for program graduates and our partners.

The CCWSC is a partnership between the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Colorado county departments of human services and participating schools of social work throughout our state.

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Outstanding Field Instructor – Cassandra “Cas” Schoolcraft-Aguilar, MSW, Arapahoe Human Services

“[Cassandra] reflects her activist quality at what she does at the agency. She applies practical approach in solving problems and giving feedback.

She applies new learning to her practice, and she keeps an open mind. Above all, she cognizant of the social work code of ethics and utilizes them in her everyday practice.”

Outstanding Graduate – Hannah Leewit, MSU alum, MSW, La Plata County DHS

“Hannah worked compassionately and ethically to understand the difference in Child Welfare practice while respectfully asking questions and providing feedback.

She is vulnerable, yet direct in her practice with the team and the families she works with. She ethically advocates for families, yet she is skillful at articulating agency rules and regulations.”

We are so thankful for all they do for Colorado families & children!

Current Scholars

Current scholars – welcome to the CCWSC! Please check out our Current Scholars page for important updates, including events, IDI details, and more. If you need to contact the CCWSC team please email [email protected].

Careers in Child Welfare

Careers in Child Welfare

Visit this page to learn more about child welfare positions in Colorado.

Sign up to receive regular updates and job postings from the Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) or check out the MSU Denver Social Work job board!