IV-E Child Welfare Scholars Program

The IV-E Child Welfare Scholars Program is a collaborative effort between the University of Nevada, Reno School of Social Work, the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services Family Programs Office (DCFS-FPO), Washoe County Human Services Agency (WCHSA) and Division of Child and Family Services-Rural Region (DCFS-Rural). The Program assists students pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree with a focus of study in child welfare by providing a child welfare field placement, training, educational support, and a financial stipend (forgivable loan) in exchange for a year of employment with a Nevada public child welfare agency.

Program benefits for professional and personal growth

  • A field placement in a northern Nevada public child welfare agency
  • Preparation and skills through a specialized online scholars field seminar
  • Dynamic, engaging, and comprehensive child welfare pre-service training by participation in Nevada Child Welfare Training Academy in the academic year
  • A financial award (stipend/”forgivable loan”) in the amount of $5,950*
  • Pathway to post-graduation employment with a Nevada public child welfare agency
  • Post-graduation access to monthly support, coaching, professional and leadership development

*NOTE: Financial award is subject to change

Program requirements

  • Commitment to work for Washoe County Human Services Agency (Reno) or Division of Child & Family Services (Statewide) for one year
  • The one-year work commitment is required to begin as soon as possible after graduation

Child Welfare Education program staff

NV Partnership for Training
Domenic Dini
Domenic Dini, Ph.D.
Instructional Technologist Title IV-E Program
(775) 682-5732
RC-A 201C
3041
NV Partnership for Training
Michael Luque
Michael Luque, MSW, LSW
Coordinator, Training Title IV-E Program
(775) 682-7406
RC-A 201B
3041
NV Partnership for Training
Sarah Jane Smith
Sarah Jane Smith, MPH, MA
Coordinator, Evaluation and Research Title IV-E Program
(775) 682-8523
RC-A 201C
3041

Contact us

Mailing address

1664 North Virginia Street
Mailstop 419
Reno, NV 89557

Physical address

18600 Wedge Parkway, 100E
Reno, NV 89511

Jennifer Massie, Title IV-E Training Coordinator

Email: jmassie@unr.edu
Phone: (775) 682-7412