BSW Child Welfare and Protection Track

The Child Welfare and Protection Track is designed to prepare Spanish-speaking students in the Bachelor of Social Work program with specialized knowledge and experience in child welfare and protection services to meet the needs of Connecticut’s Latinx families served by the state Department of Children and Families (DCF). This partnership serves as a pipeline for students who may have an interest in potentially working for DCF in the future.

This is a voluntary, non-credit bearing program. However, students who are selected will complete their senior field internship at DCF which will satisfy their field internship requirements and credits.

Application and Selection Process

The selection process is competitive, as the program is capped at five students.

Applicants will need to complete and submit the following by December 14, 2020:

Submit all application requirements to Applicants will be expected to check their UConn email regularly and respond to communications related to the program in a timely manner. Eligible students will be required to participate in an interview; interviews will be scheduled for December 17, 2020.

Notifications of program acceptance will be made by early January.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the program, students must:

  • Have the ability to speak Spanish fluently (Fluency is defined as the ability to converse with another person in a language other than English on a variety of subjects without much strain.)
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 and remain in good academic standing
  • Have junior standing of 54 to 69 credits by end of Fall 2020 semester
  • Meet UConn and DCF’s internship requirements

Program Requirements

To complete the program, students must:

  • Have an interest in child welfare
  • Participate in program track series of eight sessions (Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022)
  • Enroll in senior year Fall 2021 field placement and complete internship at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF)

Student Commitment and Program Schedule

Student Commitment 

The Child Welfare and Protection Track will require a total of 17 to 18 hours of work, not including field internship hours: 13 hours of in-person sessions and 4 to 5 hours of preparation, reflection, and presentation.

Students will take notes during and after the different sessions and shadowing experience that will contribute to their final poster presentation, which will highlight what they learned while participating in the Child Welfare and Protection Track. If students wish, they can apply for a three-credit independent study in Spring 2022, which will count towards their elective credits. The independent study will consist of a portfolio of their work, including the final poster presentation.


  • Kick-Off Opening Reception (1 hour)
    • To be held in February 2021, Date TBD
  • Workshop on Social Work History of Child Welfare and Protection Services (1.5 hours)
    • To be held in March 2021, Date TBD
  • Workshop on DCF as the Largest Child Welfare Organization in the State of Connecticut (1.5 hours)
    • To be held in April 2021, Date: TBD
  • Experiential Shadowing of a DCF Spanish-Speaking Social Worker Working with Latinx Families (1 to 3 hours)
    • To be held in early May 2021
  • Workshop on Understanding the Latinx Population; Connecticut Demographics; Diversity Within the Latinx Population; and the Culture, Beliefs, and Values that are Upheld (1.5 hours)
    • To be held in October 2021, Date TBD
  • Workshop on Understanding the Work of DCF in Serving Latinx Families Within a Racial Justice Framework (1.5 hours)
    • To be held in early December 2021, Date TBD
  • Evaluation Wrap-Up Session (1.5 hours)
    • To be held in February 2022
  • Poster Presentation Session Conducted by Student Participants and Celebration of First Graduating Cohort (1.5 hours)
    • To be held in April 2022