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MSW Stipend Program Project

The Butler Institute partners with the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) at the University of Denver (DU) and the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) to support the education of professional social workers so they can effectively serve families who use public child welfare services. The Child Welfare Stipend Program exists to help build a well-educated and prepared professional workforce for the state of Colorado's county-based or tribal departments of social/human services.

The Colorado Child Welfare Stipend Program is part of a statewide effort to invest in the education of selected students in order to attract qualified social work professionals into the field of public child welfare services in Colorado. Students who are awarded Child Welfare Stipends agree to commit themselves to public sector employment. They will be required to complete a specified term of "payback"employment in a Colorado county or tribal department of human/social services in a child welfare position serving Title IV-E eligible children and their families in exchange for receiving the financial stipend.