SU students chosen for Dept. of Children, Family Services program
The Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services has selected six students from the Southern University Department of Social Work to be interns in the state’s Child Welfare Training Program.
The six students are Jalisa Lee, Tanisha Christy, Jasmine Sholes, Ericka Hamilton, Melinda Holmes, and Tomeka Tate. All of the students are majoring in social work.
The Child Welfare Training Program of Louisiana is federally funded by Title IV-E of the Social Security Act under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The grant is designed to assist with workforce development by training and preparing students interested in child welfare for a career with DCFS.
DCFS has collaborated with Southern’s Department of Social Work for over 14 years, placing students in programs such as Foster Care, Adoption, Family Services and Child Protection Investigation.
The students and their assignments are: Lee at the Louisiana DCFS in New Roads; Christy and Holmes at DCFS in Plaquemine; Sholes and Hamilton at DCFS in East Baton Rouge Parish; and Tate, at DCFS in Clinton.
Each year students apply for the Child Welfare Training Program stipend. The students receive a $6,500 stipend per academic year. In return the students agree to work for DCFS for at least one year and are guaranteed a job upon graduation.
In the photo from left to right: Jalisa Lee, Tanisha Christy, Jasmine Sholes, Ericka Hamilton, Melinda Holmes, and Tomeka Tate.