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Masters of social work students in the classroom

Title IV-E training and stipend programs across the country are vital to the recruitment, development and retention of trained social workers in the field of child welfare.

Child welfare agencies are entrusted to make child safety and risk decisions in their daily work. A strong foundation of social work education and job-specific field experiences is critical foundation to serving children and families who are the most vulnerable.

Since the program began in 1995, the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has supported hundreds of child welfare workers by awarding millions of dollars in financial stipends to support social work students who are interested in or already working in public child welfare in Colorado.

Our program historyFormerly known as the Child Welfare Stipend Program, the Scholars Consortium would not be possible without the partnerships between CDHS, Colorado-based schools of social work and county human services departments.

In 2010 a governor’s task force recommended 150 stipend scholars be funded each year to meet the needs of Colorado’s child welfare system.  In 2016 the stipend program conducted an extensive evaluation of the existing program. As a result of the governor’s task force and this evaluation, the stipend program decided to pursue additional federal funding to expand its funding and support of stipend students.

Learn more about the Scholars Consortium history and where we’re headed:

Stipend Program History Download

Stipend Program History (PDF)

Participating social work programs include:

The training provision of Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, created as part of the Child Welfare and Adoption Assistance Act of 1980 [P.L. 96-272], requires the use of public funding to match the costs associated with professional development and the education of current and prospective employees to earn BSSW or MSW degrees. Beginning in July 2021, the Scholars Consortium will be housed within the Department of Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver, in order to maximize the resources available through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act and matching state funds from CDHS.


The CCWSC leadership includes: 

Kathy Clark

Kathy Clark, MSW

Scholars Administrator, Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Welfare, Learning and Development Unit

Kate Trujillo

Kate Trujillo, PhD, LCSW

Principle Investigator & Associate Faculty

Lara Bruce

Lara Bruce, MSW

Project Director

Brooke Rohde

Brooke Rohde, M.A.

Administrative & Finance Services Specialist

CCWSC In the News:


CDHS Blog Post – August 1st, 2019
Colorado child welfare stipend program pays off

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