A Better Understanding of Caseworker Turnover within Child Protective Services

Source: Jane Burstain, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Policy Paper, No. 09-364, February 4, 2009

As every parent knows, children need stability and consistency. For children involved in the child welfare system, who often come from and continue to live in chaotic circumstances, a caseworker may be their only continuous and stable relationship. High caseworker turnover, however, disrupts continuity and stability. To address this problem, CPPP created a policy paper to analyze turnover data on Texas’ child protective services (CPS) caseworkers and make recommendations about how turnover can be reduced.

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