A stable and highly skilled child welfare workforce is necessary to effectively provide child welfare services that meet federal goals. This report identifies (1) the challenges child welfare agencies face in recruiting and retaining child welfare workers and supervisors, (2) how recruitment and retention challenges have affected the safety and permanency outcomes of children in foster care, and (3) workforce practices that public and private child welfare agencies have implemented to successfully confront recruitment and retention challenges.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Health and Human Services||1. Because of the reported impact staffing shortages and high caseloads have on the attainment of federal outcome measures, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) should take actions that may help child welfare agencies address the recruitment and retention challenges they face. Such efforts may include (1) using its annual discretionary grant program to promote targeted research on the effectiveness of perceived promising practices and/or (2) issuing guidance or providing technical assistance to encourage states to use their program improvement plans to address the caseload, training, and staffing issues cited in the Child and Family Services Review process.|