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Finding Better Ways to Meet the Workforce Challenge: Conference and Preliminary Study by CWLA
A study of workforce issues was initiated in fall 2000, through a partnership of CWLA, the American Public Human Services Association, and the Alliance for Children and Families. Each organization surveyed its members to gather data about the challenges and effective practices in recruiting and retaining a quality child welfare workforce.
The text of the preliminary report is available in HTML and PDF formats at http://www.cwla.org/programs/trieschman/surveyworkforce/preliminary.htm. The report will be used to prepare recommendations to the administration and Congress regarding child welfare workforce issues and lay the groundwork for future studies.
Responses were received from public agencies in 43 states, 48 counties, and 151 private agencies. Survey highlights include:
In April, Representative Pete Stark (D-CA) introduced The Child Protective Services Improvement Act (H.R. 1371) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill authorizes $500 million for fiscal years 2002 through 2006 to improve child welfare workers’ wages, increase the number of workers, reduce the turnover and vacancy rate in child welfare agencies, increase the education and training of child welfare workers, attract and retain qualified candidates, and coordinate services with other agencies.
The legislation strongly encourages states to make these resources available to nonprofit private providers and creates a five-year loan-forgiveness demonstration program for child welfare workers employed by an agency for at least two years.
For more details, see the above CWLA Web address or visit http://www.cwla.org/advocacy/2001legagenda04.htm. In addition, The Workforce Crisis in Child Welfare: An Issue Brief by Floyd Alwon and Andrew Reitz can be ordered at http://www.cwla.org/pubs/pubdetails.asp?PUBID=8021.
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