Child Welfare Fellows Program

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

Fellows will:

  • Join our Intensive Weekend program, designed for working professionals.
  • Receive at least 50% off their tuition;
  • Participate in programming on topics such as advocacy/policy analysis, targeted assessment questions, analyzing data, drafting reports and more
  • Take at least one course on supervision and leadership
  • Attend the annual Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare and participate in the Child Welfare Leadership Institute
  • Participate in a capstone project that culminates course learnings and applies it to the field
  • Learn from and be mentored by top social work minds

In addition, Fellows who hold 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 will have the opportunity for training as a field instructor and be mentored to become an adjunct faculty member at the Mandel School.

Applicants for the fellowship must:

  • Be full-time employees at a child-serving organization 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 
  • Hold a firm commitment to the child welfare workforce in the state of Ohio
  • Complete a Child Welfare Leadership Essay (maximum five pages):
    • Define Leadership in Child Welfare
    • Outline your history of leadership, both formal and informal in any type of organization
    • Explain what the leadership needs in child welfare will be over the next decade 
    • Describe how the Child Welfare Fellowship will further your leadership skills
    • Tell us your leadership plan for three to five years post-graduation

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