Child Welfare

The University of Alabama School of Social Work is proud to serve as a host site for the Public Child Welfare Program, Title IV-E Stipend Program and Alabama Higher Education Consortium. The Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) administers the programs.

DHR employs approximately 1,200 social workers and case workers, many of whom are University of Alabama graduates, to address child abuse and neglect, provide family preservation services, support kinship, foster care and adoption services.

DHR also contracts with private agencies to provide community-based support services, group and residential services and trauma-informed treatments for children and their families.

Child Welfare Case Studies and Competencies

Enhance your social work education, training, and child welfare social work practice in Alabama by using our case studies and competencies.
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Logo for Alabama Higher Education Consortium on Child WelfareAlabama Higher Education Consortium on Child Welfare

The Alabama Higher Education Consortium on Child Welfare partners with DHR to provide quality child welfare services to the families in the state of Alabama through continued and enhanced educational and training opportunities for both prospective social work students and existing child welfare workers. The Consortium also works to maintain a strong level of support for DHR clients.

Title IV-E Stipend Program

The Higher Education Consortium on Child Welfare voted to have the University of Alabama School of Social Work, under contract with DHR, administer the Title IV-E Stipend Program. The program has a two-fold purpose:
  • To educate prospective child welfare workers
  • Provide continuing educational opportunities for existing child welfare workers

The Title IV-E Stipend Program provides monetary stipends through a partnership between DHR and accredited social work programs in Alabama. The partnership is funded with federal dollars from the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program of the Social Security Act and administered by The University of Alabama School of Social Work. The stipends are specifically designated for students planning to pursue a career in public child welfare with the Department of Human Resources.

Contact Us

Kristy Holt, MSW
Title IV-E Coordinator and Training Specialist
UA School of Social Work
2017 Little Hall
Phone: (205) 348-0753

Melody Denton, BS
Title IV-E Program Coordinator
UA School of Social Work
2009 Little Hall
Phone: (205) 348-0207

Stipend Applications and Documents
Submit to The University of Alabama
School of Social Work
Box 870314 | Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Questions?  (205) 348-0207


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