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Hoping to attract a new generation of child-welfare workers, Warner University announced a statewide initiative with the Department of Children and Families that will offer social work students up to $12,000 each to participate in special training and internships– provided they agree to work for the state for at least two years after graduation.

Warner will award four student stipends $6,000 a year per student and the student can get the stipend for two years. The Florida Department of Children and Families is allocating $15,000 to Warner to hire an adjunct faculty member to oversee the program and teach the two required courses, which are in the process of being developed.

The state legislature passed the funding for the Title IV E program to enhance the educational course work within the accredited schools of social work for students interested in pursuing employment in the area of child welfare, especially for DCF and the Community Based Care Organizations, like Heartland for Children.

As part of the agreement, $5.3 million will be dispersed during the next two years to train social work students at Warner and 13 other universities across the state.

“We appreciate this allocation from the state as it will definitely help promote a career in social work with our students,” says Nancy Anderson, MSW, Social Work Program Director at Warner University. Warner Social Work faculty are partnering with hiring personnel from DCF and Heartland for Children to conduct the student interviews this month.

Warner anticipates having six stipends for distribution for the 2016-2017 school year, an increase from the four available this year.

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