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What you need to know

What you need to know

​​DHHS offers financial assistance to students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university with social work degree programs. Funding is provided through the Social Security Act, Title IV-E. 

 

Nebraska IV-E Stipend Program 

Nebraska's Title IV-E Stipend Program provides professional education and monetary support to undergraduate Social Work students attending an accredited college or university within the State of Nebraska, who intend to pursue or continue a career in the field of public child welfare.

The goals of the Title IV-E Stipend Program:

  • To increase the number of Children and Family Services Specialists in Nebraska with BSW
  • To prioritize the enrollment of current State and Tribal Social Services staff
  • To prioritize the enrollment of students who reflect the diversity of Nebraska's child welfare population
  • To provide specific program support through the provision of monetary support to students
  • To provide specific program support through a specialized competency-based child welfare curriculum

With federal Title IV-E funding, the State of Nebraska provides stipends for 10 students in the full-time BSW program at an accredited college or university within the State of Nebraska.  Five stipends will be available for those students entering their 3rd year and five stipends will be available for those entering their 4th year of the social work degree program.  These students could potentially intern in Child Protective Services during their 4th year. Stipend recipients will be eligible to work in a federal Title IV-E position upon graduation.

If you are a BSW candidate with a strong interest in pursuing a career in public child welfare, then the State of Nebraska provides an opportunity to subsidize your education. The State of Nebraska offers a 1-2 year stipend program that offers to pay 15-16 credit hours per semester. Students who receive this assistance “payback" the stipend with a month of employment at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for every month of tuition paid.

The State of Nebraska offers a stipend program to a BSW stipend candidate for their last 48 credit hours of the program. You must complete your educational requirements within the required time stipulated by the accredited college or University for the BSW program.

The State of Nebraska attempts to recruit students who reflect the needs and ethnic makeup of the public child welfare client base. A preference is given to candidates who are current public social services and public child welfare employees.

Please complete, print, and email your application and 3 reference letters to dhhs.myhr@nebraska.gov. Applications must be submitted by 12:00 PM, August 28, 2019. 

Stipend students must successfully complete the Social Work Program courses courses at an accredited college or university within the State of Nebraska.

BSW Stipend Recipients must complete one field practicum of 400 hours. This applicant can apply to complete a practicum at a local Department of Health and Human Services through Children and Family Services Specialist focusing on abuse and neglect case management, however this is not a requirement that it be done at Health and Human Services.

Once the student has graduated from their BSW program they are eligible to begin employment with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in a Title IV-E position such as Child and Family Services Specialist or Child and Family Services Supervisor for a month for every one month of tuition paid.

This employment will include training through the Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with Center for Children and Families and the Law.

*Tuition at an accredited college or university within the State of Nebraska will be paid at no more than $4,000.00 per year. Fees and room/board are not included.

*If a student decides to not see employment with the Department of Health and Human Services, repayment may be sought for the funds provided to the student.

Child Welfare Internships

Use your education to help the children and families of Nebraska. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services (CFS) invites you to apply for a child welfare stipend or non-stipend internship. Selected BSW stipend track students will receive a stipend amount to cover their practicum requirements.

If you are interested in non-stipend internship please contact your local Department of Health and Human Service office.

The internship program prepares qualified applicants for a career in child welfare through experience supervising family visitations, shadowing case workers, and observation of structure decision making assessments, family team meeting and court testimony. Students spend their internship learning the job of a case worker without the responsibility of a case load.

This internship will allow the intern to experience the hotline and how intakes are reported and screened, Initial assessment and how intakes are received at the local office and then assigned to a trained Child and Family Service Specialist and then worked with the local police department and/or alone, and how a case is moved from Initial Assessment and worked on going to mitigate the safety threat and work on community resources to meet the risk areas identified. The intern will also be working one on one with a trained specialist at all times and this is hands on experience to assess children and families on areas of strengths and needs.

Applicant must complete the steps below to receive the internship:

  • Fulfill degree requirements and on target to graduate
  • Complete field placement packet at CFS
  • Undergo drug testing, if applicable
  • Complete a driving record check
  • Complete criminal record check
  • Complete child abuse central registry check
  • Prepare a personal statement of interest in child welfare
  • Provide a copy of unofficial transcript
  • Provide three letters of reference
  • Submit your resume

 

 

Human Resources
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Phone Number
(402) 471-9439
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026