Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Project
A Project of the NAU Social Work Program
The BSW Child Welfare Training Project at NAU is a collaborative effort
between the Northern Arizona University Social Work Program and the Arizona
Department of Economic Security, Division of Children, Youth, and Families. The
funds are provided by the Child Welfare Field Education and Student Support
Project, a Title IV-E grant. The NAU BSW
Child Welfare Training Project will be directed by Dr. Natalie Cawood (Principal
The goal of the project is to recruit and train bachelor's
level social workers to be competent Child Protective Services workers. The mission is
to prepare social work students to be effective and competent child welfare
workers who are able to promote the well-being of the children and families
involved in the public child welfare system. Students involved in the
project will receive financial assistance while pursuing their degree in social
work. In return, students commit to work for Arizona's Child Protective
Services upon graduation. The financial
assistance represents an investment in the CPS workforce and in the vulnerable
families of Arizona. BSW students will receive payment of their in-state
tuition and mandatory student fees for their junior and/or senior years in the NAU
BSW program. In exchange, students contractually agree to work full-time at
Arizona's Child Protective Services upon graduation. The work commitment is
between one and two years, depending on the level of tuition assistance
The Child Welfare Training Project requires a separate
application in addition to the Social Work Program application. Only those
who submit an application for admittance to the NAU Social Work Program by
March 1st or those already accepted into the NAU Social Work Program are
eligible to apply to the Child Welfare Training Project.
For more information contact:
Dr. Natalie Cawood
- Must be admitted into
the NAU BSW Program and in good academic standing.
- Must be willing and able
to work full-time for Child Protective Services in Arizona upon
- Must meet the employment
requirements for the Child Protective Services Specialist position,
including fingerprint card clearance.
- Must be able to certify
that they are a United States citizen, resident alien or permanent resident.
- Must possess evidence of
a valid Arizona drivers' license.
- Applicants will be
required to maintain the above clearances and a valid drivers' license to
maintain their eligibility as a Title IV-E student and to be eligible for
employment with CPS upon graduation.
- Must complete the
required SW 450 Child Welfare course, as a required elective.
- Must meet all Field
eligibility requirements of the NAU Social Work Program.
The process proceeds as
- Students' scholarship applications, essays,
resumes, and school files are reviewed.
- Select students are referred on to an interview at
CPS. These interviews are often with an interview panel, consisting
of CPS Training Officers and Supervisors from the NAU Child
Welfare Training Unit and Flagstaff CPS Office.
- Notification letters are mailed to all applicants.
The Selection of Title
IV-E students is primarily based on whether or not the committee and
interview panel feel that the student would be a good fit as an employee at CPS
and can complete the BSW Program in a timely manner. Selection
criteria include, but are not limited to the following:
- Evidence of a desire to work in Child Welfare,
specifically at Child Protective Services; and of the desire
to pursue child welfare as a career choice.
- Evidence that the student understands the requirements
of the work commitment and is willing and able to work at Arizona Child
Protective Services for the contracted time upon graduation.
- Evidence that the student is able and willing
to competently work with both children who have been abused and
neglected and with their parents/guardians who have abused and neglected
- Evidence that the student can effectively communicate
with and collaboratively work with team members.
- Evidence that the student can have empathy for
vulnerable and marginalized children and families.
- Evidence that the student
could work cross-culturally with diverse populations
including people whose values may be different from the students'
- Evidence that the student would not be personally
overwhelmed by daily exposure to poverty, substance abuse, domestic
violence, and child abuse and neglect.
- Evidence of writing competency based on the
scholarship essay and impromptu writing exercise administered
during the interview.
applicants must review the CPS Specialist job description and watch
A Realistic Look at a Career in
Second, all applicants should
complete the child welfare self-assessment.
This is not a part of the application, itself, and does not need to be
submitted with the application, but it is a mechanism for applicants to measure
their goodness of fit with a career in child welfare.
An honest self-assessment may help
you make an informed decision about whether this work is right for you. Staff retention in child welfare directly
affects outcomes for children and families.
application consists of (details follow below):
- Copy of your
degree plan developed with SBS Academic Services & Advising;
- Copy of
- The three DES
clearance card materials
- Please download the
- We prefer typed responses.
In two to three
pages (typed, double spaced, one inch margins) write a personal
statement which reflects:
interest and/or experience in child welfare.
understanding of the kinds of things I would be doing as a CPS worker.
strengths in pursuing a career with Child Protective Services (CPS).
I may face in pursuing a career with CPS.
understanding of the commitment to work for CPS upon graduation.
information I would like you to know about me that I believe is important
in considering my application for this program.
A current copy
of your resume (typed) which includes each of the following:
& professional experience; and
include the following DES Forms*:
Clearance Card Materials
you already have a valid, Level One fingerprint clearance card from
the State of Arizona Department of Public Safety that was issued after 9/19/07,
please make a copy of the front side of the card along with a copy (on the same
page) of your social security card. If your card was issued before
9/19/07, then you will need to apply for a new card (see below). Please
note that just being fingerprinted for previous employment or volunteer activities
does not mean you have a Level One fingerprint card. If you do not have a
white plastic card, the size of a credit card, issued from the Arizona
Department of Public Safety, you do NOT have a Level One fingerprint
you do not have a valid, Level One fingerprint card, you will need to
apply for one. Please contact Natalie Cawood (Natalie.Cawood@nau.edu) to
obtain the necessary forms and instructions for obtaining the card.
Once you have completed the application form, you will be eligible to apply for
the Child Welfare Training Project (you will not have to wait until you
actually receive the card).
*If considered as a finalist for participation
in the project, you will need to complete a NAU Consent for Full Access to
Education Records form.
& Submission Instructions
2014 - Priority Application
Deadline for students eligible to enter the project in fall
2014. After this date, applications will be considered as slots
submit all application materials in one complete packet to:
and Behavioral Sciences Building (#65)
330 (3rd Floor)
Child Welfare Training Project
of Sociology & Social Work
PO Box 15300
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
The NAU Child Welfare Training Project is a
collaborative effort between the Northern Arizona University Social Work
Program and the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Children,
Youth, and Families. The funds are provided by the Child Welfare Field
Education and Student Support Project, a Title IV-E grant.