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Child & Family Services

Direct Practice in Child & Family Services
Preparing for leadership to support families in raising healthy children

The MSW Concentration in Child and Family Services
Child and Family Services ("C&F") students are prepared for leadership in serving disadvantaged children, adolescents, and families. Specialized training provides state-of-the-art knowledge for effective multilevel practice with vulnerable children, adolescents, and families.

C&F students acquire a full range of individual, family, group, and community intervention strategies and practice skills used with and on behalf of children and families.

Typical Field Placements in Child & Family Services
Child welfare settings, including foster care and adoption, protective services, day care, family preservation, juvenile justice, special education, child health and nutrition, income maintenance, and public and private agencies that provide services through referral by child welfare agencies; schools; nonprofit family service agencies

C&F Concentration Co-Chairs
Jill Duerr Berrick, PhD
Christina Feliciana, LCSW, PPSC


Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program

C&F students seeking careers in public child welfare are eligible to apply for the Title IV-E Stipend-based Training Program at the time of admission.

The Title IV-E MSW Child Welfare Training Program prepares a cohort of selected students each year for careers in public child welfare services. Students complete a specialized academic curriculum including two years of field work in either a county child welfare unit or a closely related agency serving child welfare clients by providing foster care, adoptions, or similar services. Trainees receive annual stipends of $18,500 for two years in exchange for a commitment to work at least two years in a California county child welfare service agency after graduation.

The program consists of academic classes and internships that emphasize working with children and families who have incidents of abuse and neglect. Special field seminar sections and course work address the unique challenges that families in this system endure and present to their workers. World-renowned policy and practice instructors and researchers expose students to the most current research being conducted in public child welfare.

Clinical instructors who have significant employment experience in public child welfare provide practice courses and coordinate the students’ internships. Each IV-E student is required to do their second year internship within a county public child welfare program, the California Department of Social Services or, for those who qualify, a tribal or reservation program.

View/Download Title IV-E Program Information Sheet [PDF]

To learn more about the Title IV-E Stipend Program, visit the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC).

If you are interested in a career in public child welfare services:
Please contact Catharine Ralph, Berkeley Social Welfare Title IV-E Field Program Director, at


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