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Los Angeles Department of Children &
Family Service Stipend Program
(L.A. DCFS Stipend Program)

California State University Long Beach

School of Social Work

L.A. DCFS Stipend Program

The L.A. DCFS Stipend Program is a specialized training program in public child welfare available in the MSW program. Facilitated by the University Consortium for Children and Families (UCCF), it is a collaborative endeavor between the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the graduate programs of social work at CSULB, UCLA, USC, CSULA, CSUN and CSUDH.

The overall goal of this stipend program is to increase the professional skills and knowledge of Los Angeles County public child welfare workers. At CSULB our program is designed to prepare social work student interns in the most innovative and current programs at designated DCFS Regional Offices.

The stipends are available for two years for MSW students who have 2 years of field education to complete. Students who work at DCFS or are currently (or have been) CalSWEC students are not eligible. Interested candidates must complete an application process.

Requirements for L.A. DCFS Stipend Program

Students accepted into the program must:

• Sign a contract to secure full-time employment with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services for two years post graduation but are expected to remain in public child welfare employment for longer than this minimum period

•  Have a valid driver's license, current automobile insurance, and secure the use of a car as required by fieldwork

•  Complete pre-screening for county employment including Livescan and DCFS physical and psychological examinations

•   Successfully complete one year of fieldwork in a community based agency serving title IV-E population and  a second year in a L.A. DCFS office.

•  Complete designated specialized training seminars

•  Successfully complete the child welfare elective  

•  Successfully complete the Master’s Thesis/Project with focus on child welfare population, issue, area or service delivery system.

• Maintain a "B" (3.0) average

• Complete and graduate from the MSW Program in the Child and Family Well-being specialization within the required timelines established for each program model.

Students are responsible for payback of the stipend if they are unable to successfully complete any of the requirements of the program.


L.A. DCFS Stipend Program
Contact Person

Phaedra Allen, MSW
Field Coordinator
SS/PA - 154

Jessica Polk, LCSW
Child Welfare Instructor
SS/PA - 154

Application for Full-Time
L.A. DCFS Stipend Program:
L.A. DCFS Stipend Program Application

PowerPoint for Full-Time
L.A. DCFS Stipend Program:

L.A. DCFS Stipend Program Powerpoint

Application Deadline:
March 29, 2019

Special Disclosure Notice for All Applicants and Recipients of CSULB Social Work Stipend Programs:

The School of Social Work Financial Aid Disclosure Policy for BASW and MSW Students Receiving Stipends, Awards or Scholarships:

The School of Social Work will forward information about all students receiving stipends, awards and scholarships to the University’s Financial Aid Office. The information provided by the School will include the student’s name, student ID number, source of funds, amount of funds and the semester/time frame of the financial award.

Please be aware that this may change all funding students receive, if any, from the Financial Aid Office. Students applying for a stipend, award or scholarship are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office directly to discuss their overall financial aid package.