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Debra A Linsenmeyer, LCSW-C, Educational Director

The Education for Public Child Welfare Program is a partnership between the University of Maryland School of Social Work and the Maryland Department of Human Resources to prepare BSW/MSW candidates for public child welfare social work practice. Social workers in public child welfare practice respond to reports of child abuse/neglect, provide services to assist families to safely care for their children, promote child well-being and family stability, recommend permanent family living situations and provide adoption services for children in state custody.  Social work practice with this population involves assisting families and children with issues related to child maltreatment, separation and loss, poverty, parenting, substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence in home-based and community-based settings. 

Students participate in specialized coursework, internships, and training workshops designed to teach best practice in the delivery of public child welfare services.  Students participate in faculty led multi-faceted internship programs in local Department of Social Services and work with families and children through Child Protective Services, Family Preservation, Foster Care, Kinship Care, and Adoption Programs in public child welfare settings. Coursework, workshops, and field internships integrate a family strengths approach with core child welfare values, knowledge, and skill competencies.

Contingent upon funding, financial educational stipends are available to undergraduate students at UMBC majoring in social work and graduate students in the Family and Children’s specialization who are interested in a career in the public sector.  Participants agree to accept employment in Maryland’s public child welfare programs located in Local Departments of Social Services upon graduation.  

For further information, contact Debra Linsenmeyer at the number below or by email at dlinsenmeyer@ssw.umaryland.edu.

MSW IV-E Pre-Service Test Registration

Title IV-E faculty

For More Information, Contact:

Debra Linsenmeyer, LCSW-C, Educational Director, Title IV-E Program

525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Telephone: 410-706-3439410-706-3439

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