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Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Program (IV-E Program)

The Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Program (IV-E Program) is an educational program that pays for tuition, fees, books and mileage for persons interested in a career in public child welfare in Georgia or for current Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) staff who wish to upgrade their professional skills and training.

Who sponsors the grant?

The Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Program is a partnership between ten Georgia Schools of Social Work and the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. The ten Schools of Social Work are Albany State University, Clark Atlanta University, Dalton State College, Fort Valley State University Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Savannah State University, Thomas University, University of Georgia, and Valdosta State University.

What are the requirements for participating in the IV-E Program?

The IV-E Program is open to all current DFCS employees and those interested in a career in child welfare. Potential students should be interested in obtaining a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) and/or a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree. Once in the Program, students will participate in courses in child welfare practice and complete a field placement in a Georgia DFCS office. The student repays the Program funds by working for Georgia DFCS in a social services position for a specified period of time (one calendar year of employment for every academic year IV-E funding was received).

Which schools offer BSW and/or MSW degrees?

BSW programs are offered at Albany State University, Dalton State College, Fort Valley State University, Georgia State University, Savannah State University, Thomas University, and the University of Georgia. MSW programs are offered at Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Savannah State University, University of Georgia, and Valdosta State University.

How do I apply for the grant?

” If you are not familiar with the position of Social Services Protect and Placement Specialist (formerly Social Services Case Manager) or if you are not a Georgia DFCS social services employee (Protect and Placement Specialist and above), please go the web site http://www.dhrjobs.com scroll down and click on:

“Division of Family & Children Services, Social Services Protect and Placement Specialist.”

Under the heading: “DFCS Social Services” click on “view” next to the word Video. In order to view the video you must first download the latest version of RealPlayer. You will be able to download RealPlayer for free from this web page.

When the video is selected a pop-up screen will appear. For Username enter dhrjobs and for Password enter socialcm.

After watching the video click on “Overview of Georgia Social Services Child Welfare” on the same web page. Make sure you take the self-assessment that begins on page 14 and remember your score. The video and overview give realistic information about the position you are expected to take once you complete your social work degree: Social Services Protect and Placement Specialist (formerly known as Social Services Case Manager).

If after reviewing the video, reading the overview and taking the assessment, you are still interested in a career with DFCS, then proceed with the application.

Apply to one of the ten schools of social work for either a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) or Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree. Links to the schools may be found on the IV-E website at https://www.gadfcs.org/grant/cwg.jsp.

The link for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required by most M.S.W. programs is http://www.ets.org/

Apply to the IV-E Program once you have been admitted to a social work program. The application is completed on-line at https://www.gadfcs.org/grant/cwg.jsp. Make sure to designate which schools of social work you would like to receive a copy of your application.

Once you have been accepted into a school of social work, and applied for the IV-E Program, the school will schedule an interview with you for the IV-E Program. We typically have more applicants for the IV-E Program than the schools have slots. We interview students to determine who will be accepted into the IV-E Program. After the interview process the school of social work will notify the student to let them know whether or not they have been accepted into the IV-E Program.

Note: It is possible to be accepted into a school of social work but not in the IV-E Program. If that is the case, then the student is required to pay their own tuition.

Note: If you are applying for a B.S.W degree, you will not be eligible to participate in the Title IV-E Program until you are accepted into a school of social work (usually in your junior or senior year). If you have to take pre-requisite classes before you can be accepted into a school of social work, then you are responsible for paying for those classes.

Note: If you are a current employee of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), in addition to the application process outlined above, you will need to bring to the IV-E Program interview a completed Staff Enrichment and Educational Development (S.E.E.D.) application or a letter of support signed by your immediate supervisor and approval authority. The S.E.E.D. application and the list of approval authorities (based on you position) may be found at the IV-E web site at https://www.gadfcs.org/grant/cwg.jsp. Those DFCS employees, who fail to bring the required documents to the interview, will not be considered for the IV-E Program.

Note: Please be mindful there is a work obligation once you complete your social work degree. For every academic year (9 months) you receive funds through the IV-E Program, you are required to work a calendar year (12 months) for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) in a position in Social Services as a Protect and Placement Specialist or higher. Failure to complete the work obligation will result in action being taken to recoup funds expended for the student’s education. This includes but is not limited to collection/civil proceedings as deemed necessary. A letter will also be sent to the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists notifying them of your failure to fulfill your required obligation.

Contact Information

For information regarding the Title IV-E Program at:

IV-E College/University Contact Person Phone Email address
Albany State University Marilyn Spearman, Ph.D. (229) 430-4694 spearman@asurams.edu
Savannah State University Bernita Berry, Ph.D. (912) 353-5263 berryb@savannahstate.edu
Thomas University Kellie O’Dare, MSW, MPA (229) 226-1621 kodare@thomasu.edu
University of Georgia Alberta Ellett, Ph.D. (706) 542-5409 aellett@uga.edu
Valdosta State University Carol Smith, LCSW (229) 293-6359 carolhs@valdosta.edu

Please contact Angie Saturday, MS, LMSW, IV-E Program Coordinator at (229) 878-8788 or via email at ansaturday@dhr.state.ga.us.

For information regarding the Title IV-E Program at:

IV-E College/University Contact Person Phone Email address
Clark Atlanta University Rosalyn A. Harper, Ph.D. (404) 880-6732 rharper@cau.edu
Dalton State College Spencer Zeiger, Ph.D. (706) 272-2682 szeiger@daltonstate.edu
Fort Valley State University Gloria Smith Cisse, LMSW (478) 825-6232 cisseg@fvsu.edu
Georgia State University Mary L. McLaughlin, LCSW (404) 413-1071 mmclaughlin@gsu.edu
Kennesaw State University Takeisha Wilson, MSW (770) 499-3669 twilso73@kennesaw.edu

Please contact L. Denise Edwards, MSW, IV-E Program Coordinator at (404) 656-3619 or via email at ldedwards@dhr.state.ga.us.

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by Lulu.com October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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