Child Welfare Workforce Excellence Fellows Program

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  • This is an initiative funded by the U.S. Children’s Bureau and the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute 
  • The Pitt School of Social Work is one of eight programs throughout the country that were awarded this “Workforce Excellence” grant:

U.S. map of Workforce Excellence sites

  • The purpose is to prepare MSW students to enter the field of child welfare through specialized coursework and internships
  • Our partnership is with Allegheny County Children, Youth & Family Services which is located in the greater Pittsburgh area
  • Fellows will receive up to $16,250 in funding each year
  • The fellowship is for students in the Direct Practice specialization
  • Internships are at a provider agency that provides services to Allegheny County CYF for the 1st year, then within one of the regional offices of Allegheny County CYF during the second year  
  • Students awarded Advanced Standing complete their internship at one of the Allegheny County CYF regional offices
  • Participation in a monthly seminar is required.  There is special advising and mentorship.
  • Fellows have the opportunity to participate in agency workforce excellence initiatives and special workgroups
  • Fellows are contractually obligated to work at Allegheny County CYF for a specific period of time following graduation in return for participation in the CWWEF program

CWWEF Student Handbook (PDF)