Child Welfare Fellows Program

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is relaunching its successful Child Welfare Fellows Program in fall 2022. Through the fellowship, a cohort of Ohio’s public child welfare employees will earn scholarships to pursue master’s degrees in social work, focused on child welfare leadership and supervision.

Now, we’re looking for partners for this program—public child service agencies across the state whose employees are committed to the field and would be interested in pursuing their master’s from a top-ranked school.

As fellows, they will:

  • Join our Intensive Weekend program that’s designed for working professionals (travel to Cleveland for classes is required just once a month);
  • Receive at least 50% off their tuition;
  • Participate in programming on topics such as advocacy/policy analysis, asking the right types of questions, analyzing data, writing reports and more;
  • Take at least one course on supervision and leadership;
  • Attend the annual Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare at a Child Welfare Leadership Institute;
  • Participate in a capstone project that culminates their course learnings and applies it to the field;
  • Learn from and be mentored by some of the top social work minds;
  • And more.

Plus, fellows who have an LSW or obtain their LSW by graduation can participate in post-master’s group supervision to earn their LISW. Those who take part in two years of this post-master’s supervision opportunity also will have the chance to be mentored and become an adjunct faculty member at the Mandel School.

Applicants for the fellowship must:

  • Be full-time public child welfare staff in Ohio;
  • Meet admission criteria for the Intensive Weekend Program;
  • Remain in good standing to remain as a Fellow, maintaining a grade of B or better in each course; and
  • Hold a firm commitment to the public child welfare workforce in the state of Ohio.
  • Complete a Child Welfare Leadership Essay by May 15th (Maximum 5 pages):
    • Define Leadership in Child Welfare.
    • Tell us your history of leadership, if any, both formal and informal. It can be in any type of organization.
    • What do you see as the leadership needs in child welfare over the next decade?
    • What is your plan as a leader in the 3 to 5 years after graduation?
    • How will the Child Welfare Fellowship further your leadership skills?

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