A Ball State student works with a child.

Many social workers choose an area of specialization. Some work in the juvenile and adult justice systems, with victims of domestic abuse, or with children and families. If the last option interests you, our Child Welfare Training Program is a great option to help you get started.

This program—which is an option within our Bachelor of Social Work major—is part of a collaboration among the Indiana Department of Child Services and universities throughout the state. The effort aims to recruit and retain high-quality social work professionals in Indiana.

To learn more, view this video with an introduction to the IV-Child Welfare Scholars Program.

Why Study Child Welfare?

Child welfare is an exciting and challenging career. It is fast-paced, provides new opportunities daily, and allows you to learn quickly about the skills and resources needed by social workers.

If you are selected, you will be able to attend your senior year tuition-free, and you will receive a stipend to cover additional expenses.

You’ll have not only the support of our own faculty, but that of the Department of Child Services and professionals in our field, all of whom have a vested interested in your academic success in this program.

Program Partners

The program is offered by the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) and Indiana University School of Social Work (IUSSW) through:

  • Ball State
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University
  • Indiana University-East
  • University of Southern Indiana


In order to join our Child Welfare Training Program, you will need to apply and be accepted to Ball State, the Bachelor of Social Work program, and the Child Welfare Training Program.

Want to Learn More?

If you have questions about this program or the application process, please contact the program’s coordinator.

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