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The children and families of South Carolina deserve a strong child welfare system staffed by well-educated, trained professionals. The South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) has formed a partnership with Winthrop University to recruit, educate, and prepare BSW and MSW students for public child welfare practice. The program is inviting applications for the Child Welfare Scholars Program (CWSP). As an incentive, participants receive a paid internship in exchange for a commitment to work at SCDSS or a Title IV-E agency for a specified period after graduation. The selection process is highly competitive.
The goal of public child welfare is to strengthen families and ensure safety, permanency, and well-being for all children. Child protective services are provided to support and stabilize families that may be having problems in meeting their children’s needs. When it is not possible for families to remain together, placements through kinship care, foster care, residential or group care, or adoption may be necessary. Working in child welfare may involve solution building with families by doing assessments and investigations; engaging families in case planning; working with other agencies, courts, and community members; and placing and monitoring children in out-of home settings and addressing the right of every child in South Carolina to be in a safe, healthy permanent family.
You must be a full-time BSW or MSW student with an overall GPA of at least 2.5 on a minimum of 60 hours of academic course work.
For more information, contact Winthrop's Program Coordinator, Shamika Wright.