image1Winona State University is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Title IV-E Child Welfare Program, which trains and prepares students in the social work program to work with foster children and families.

The program began as part of the Social Security Act of 1935, which protects children and senior citizens, and is funded through federal money to invest in the foster care system through well-trained and experienced workers.

Students in the program agree to complete their practicum in a county child welfare setting and are compensated for their participation. During its tenure at WSU, the Child Welfare Program has awarded over $300,000 in student support for social work students.

According to Ruth Charles, professor and coordinator of the program, current funding for the program allows 10 students to participate each year. Participants are carefully selected through an application and interview process.

“We are training skilled individuals who are ready to go out and serve the public,” Charles said.

For more information contact Charles at RCharles@winona.edu.

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