UCF leading statewide project to aid social work agencies

Author: the associated press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The University of Central Florida is collaborating with other agencies to lead a new statewide project it hopes will enhance the workforce of the Florida Department of Children and Families to better protect children under state care.

UCF announced this week that it will implement a $5.3 million contract to train social work students across Florida who would then become child protective investigators and case managers.

The contract involves 14 public and private universities in Florida with schools of social work.

The program will provide a maximum of $12,000 in stipends. Full-time undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for two annual stipends of $6,000 per year if they earn their degree and pledge to work two years at a local DCF office, or other participating agency.

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