Field Education

Colorado Child Welfare Stipend Program

The purpose of the Child Welfare Stipend Program at Colorado State University in the School of Social Work is the education of professional social workers to effectively serve families who use public child welfare services. Funds come from Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, which provides support for child welfare services, training and education.

All students receiving a child welfare stipend make a commitment to employment in a Colorado Department of Human Services (DHS) following graduation. Students must work one calendar year for each academic year of funding. Based on the needs of the State, students not securing employment within two months of graduation may be required to accept employment in a rural county designated by the state.

To learn more and ask questions, please contact Sarah Rudisill, Distance Liaison for the Center for Lifelong Learning and Outreach Education (CLOE), at (970) 491-7817 or email

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for the Child Welfare Stipend but have not yet attended an information session (see dates on flyer below) or a one on one appointment with Sarah Rudisill, please do so before completing your application. Sarah can be reached at 970-491-7817 or via email at

Students who are applying for a stipend for the first time, please fill out the following application:

2018 First Time Stipend Application (Fillable)

If you have already received a child welfare stipend and plan to apply for the stipend for a second time or you currently work in a Child Welfare Agency, please fill out the following application:

2018 Second Time Stipend Application (Fillable)

All applicants are required to have at least 2 references complete the following form and follow the instructions on the form for submission:

2018-2019 Reference Form (Fillable)

Colorado Child Welfare Stipend Information Session Flyer