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University Partnership Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program

  • The program was piloted in 2002 as part of the Child Welfare Workforce Professional Education Program.
  • 21 students are chosen from among seniors in BSSW, MSW-ASAP, MSW I and MSW II to be part of the UPP program.
  • Students specialize in public child welfare in their elective course work and field placement.
  • The training includes: two child welfare courses, a field seminar in public child welfare, training sessions through the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program and a field placement in an Ohio public children’s services agency.
  • After earning a social work degree, successful hiring and with a commitment to work for at least one year at an Ohio public children services agency, UPP graduates will receive an employment incentive of $5,000.
  • Please note that current employees (caseworkers, supervisor, and administrators) of an Ohio public children services agency are also eligible.


“I spent one year as a UPP intern at Franklin County Children Services and could not have been better prepared. My UPP internship gave me
the hands-on experience I needed to be a successful caseworker. I was able to shadow in all the different departments and gain a
well-rounded view of everything we do to ensure child safety and strengthen families. I loved meeting
with the other interns regularly to learn through one another’s experiences. I am now entering my sixth year of
employment in the child welfare field and still draw upon what I learned every day!” –
Carrie Miller, 2017-18 UPP student

Application Process

If you are interested in the UPP child welfare training program, please

  1. Complete the application,
  2. Upload your resume,
  3. Prepare and upload a personal statement,
  4. Submit the case assessment, and
  5. Email two to three professional letters of recommendation

Application Deadlines

  • BSSW Students – Due by Dec. 15
  • MSW I – Due by week three of the semester you are completing SWK 6188
  • MSW-ASAP and MSW II – Due by week three of the semester prior to commencing field placement

Application Materials

UPP Factsheet
Recommendation Form

Further Information

Please contact Ashlee Pfile, MSW, MS, LSW, University Partnership Program (UPP) Manager
at 614-247-5713 or


Apply today