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Child Welfare Education Partnership Program

The Child Welfare Education Program (CWEP) is a collaborative effort between the School of Social Work and the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). The program assists students pursuing their Bachelor or Master of Social Work degree with a focus of study in child welfare by providing tuition assistance and educational support.


For more information about the Child Welfare Education Program please contact us at:

Child Welfare Education Program
Child Welfare Partnership

1600 SW 4th Ave, Suite 400
Portland, OR 97201
                       503-725-8284  503-725-8018
FAX: 503-725-2140


Child Welfare Education and Culturally Responsive Leaders Program Photo Gallery












Child Welfare Education Program flyer (BSW)



Child Welfare Education Program flyer (MSW)






Culturally Responsive Leaders flyer (MSW)



The primary goals of the program are to:

  • Recruit promising social work graduates into long-term public or tribal child welfare careers.
  • Increase professional skills of public or tribal child welfare practitioners within DHS and enhance public awareness of the role of the agency.
  • Promote increased work force diversity reflective of the changing multicultural nature of our state
  • Develop and implement advanced curricula that increase the relevancy of social work theory to child welfare practice.
  • Provide research opportunities and resources for examining the effectiveness of the social work educational process and the ways in which public or tribal child welfare can help children and their families.

Tuition and Educational Support

DHS Child Welfare Employees who are admitted into the MSW Program and Child Welfare Education Program (CWEP) can receive up to $10,000 per year toward tuition depending on the number of credits registered for each term. MSW Students who are not employed by DHS Child Welfare can receive up to $6,000 per year, and students in their senior year of the BSW program can receive up to $6,000 to complete their studies. MSW, Child Welfare Partnership students who are also in the Culturally Responsive Leaders Program will be awarded up to $10,000 per academic year (fall, winter and spring terms). This stipend is not in addition to the CWEP tuition support. Students are funded through the use of federal Title IV-E funds. While receiving funding from the Child Welfare Education Program, BSW and MSW students must complete one of their internships in public or tribal Child Welfare. Upon acceptance, students are assigned a Child Welfare Education Program faculty advisor who will support their educational development throughout the program. The CWEP faculty advisor also serves as the liaison to the students' field placement. CWEP students benefit from receiving additional educational supports, such as academic advising and enhanced field placement opportunities.

Payback Obligation

Upon acceptance into the Child Welfare Education Program and before receiving Title IV-E tuition assistance, accepted students sign an agreement with the Oregon Department of Human Services that details the responsibilities of the agency and the student. The student agrees to work for DHS in public Child Welfare or for tribal Child Welfare upon graduation from Portland State University’s BSW or MSW program. The payback obligation is one year of employment for every year of tuition support. The exact period of the work obligation varies depending upon the length of each student's participation in the Child Welfare Education Program.

Applying to the Child Welfare Education Program (MSW and BSW programs)

The Child Welfare Education Program requires a separate application (see link below) in addition to the School of Social Work application. Only those who submit an application for admittance to the School of Social Work by February 1 or those currently enrolled in PSU's BSW or MSW program are eligible to apply to the Child Welfare Education program. Students may apply for funding in any year of their MSW program and only in the senior year of the BSW program. Strong candidates will have experience working with children, youth and families, familiarity with Oregon's public or tribal Child Welfare system and a desire to make a significant contribution to the field of public or tribal Child Welfare.


2016-17 Program Application due date February 15th, 2016

 (NOTE: Application must be downloaded before filling out. Application must be signed and submitted via mail with all requisite supplementary materials. Also, DHS CW employees must have two years employment prior to applying and supervisory approval.)

2016-17 Culturally Responsive Leaders (CRL) Program 
(NOTE: Acceptance into the CRL Program is contingent upon admission into the university, PSU SSW and the SSW CWEP Programs. This is a selection by nomination process, please indicate your interest in applying for CRL by checking the box on the Child Welfare Education Program  (CWEP) Application.)

Child Welfare Partnership Internship Expectations

Frequently Asked Questions about the Child Welfare Education Program  

Child Welfare Education Program Self- Assessment 

It's Not Just a Job - A Realistic Preview of a Career in Child Protective Services (video link)
(This is a realistic job preview video for the State of Arizona so there may be some differences for the State of Oregon Child Welfare.)

Child Welfare Education Program Student Handbook