The Catalyst

Judge John Scherer

Dr. Mary Pfohl, BSW Consortium Child Welfare Stipend Program Director, organized a gathering where Honorable John Scherer joined the final Child Welfare Stipend recipient meeting. Judge Scherer, a member of the 7th District Judicial court (and spouse of a social worker) was invited to share his perception of the court systems in matters related to child welfare concerns.  He discussed the process families go through, the characteristics of a good social worker in the court room, and answered numerous questions throughout the hour-long meeting.  The students attending the meeting appeared pleasantly surprised by Judge Scherer’s substantial interest in keeping families together. 

Since 2004, 46 BSW students have graduated through the BSW Consortium Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program.  If interested in learning more about the Child Welfare Stipend Program contact Dr. Mary Pfohl at

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