Career paths and contributions of four cohorts of IV-E funded MSW child welfare graduates

Sandra C. Robin, C. David Hollister

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For the last decade the federal government has provided financial support through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act to schools of social work to provide professional education in child welfare. This study looks at the first four cohorts of graduates who received IV-E funding from one school of social work. Data on MSW graduates from 1993-1996 (N = 73), as well as survey responses (N = 32), were analyzed to ascertain dimensions of their career development in, and contributions to, child welfare social work. Results indicate that the vast majority of graduates funded by IV-E dollars became employed in and stayed in child welfare focused social work, with a strong percentage in public child welfare services, and that these social work-educated social workers are actively involved in shaping the practice, policies and administration of child welfare services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-67
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Health and Social Policy
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2002

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Funding Information:
welfare specialization and the provision of substantial financial support to them through the IV-E funded Child Welfare Scholars Program.


  • Career development
  • Child welfare training
  • Social work education
  • Title IV-E
  • Training funds


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