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Pride Pre-Service training is required for all families who wish to become foster parents or who wish to adopt through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services. Participants must attend all ten training sessions for certification. Both husband and wife —married or cohabitating— must attend. The Pride Training Curriculum is outlined below:

· WV-DHHR Home-Finding Policy Orientation
· Chemical Dependency
· Promoting Cultural and Personal Identity
· Issues Related to Sexuality
· Promoting a Positive Self-Esteem
· Complex Behaviors
· Using Discipline to Protect, Nurture and Meet Developmental Needs
· Supporting Relationships Between Children and Their Parents.

Title IV-E grants provide qualified Social Work majors stipends and tuition awards through funding from the WV Dept. of Health and Human Resources. (The awards may affect eligibility for other financial aid and applies only after all other free aid is used. In addition, it may also be subject to taxation.) Student grants are based on the following criteria:

· Be formally admitted into the Social Work program with 60+ hours of completed study
· Carry a minimum of 12 hours of coursework per semester with a GPA of 2.0 or better
· Submit an application with a current transcript and resume with names/addresses of two references
· Sign a BINDING contract with the WV-DHHR agreeing to stipulated academic standing, course work, field placement in a child welfare social service agency and a commitment upon graduation for employment with the WV Office of Social Services — if such an offer is presented to you
· Students unable to meet the conditions of the Title IV-E contract must pay back the stipend(s) received with interest.

For more information contact:

Professor Rita Brown, Title IV-E Coordinator
Title IV-E Office, Wallace Hall 928
Department of Social Work
West Virginia State University, Institute, WV 25112

Email: brownri@wvstateu.edu

Lee Altiery, Program Assistant - 924 Wallace Hall - 304-766-3018 - altieryl@wvstateu.edu
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