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ERIC Number: EJ877544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0037-8046
Listening to the Voices of Children in Foster Care: Youths Speak out about Child Welfare Workforce Turnover and Selection
Strolin-Goltzman, Jessica; Kollar, Sharon; Trinkle, Joanne
Social Work, v55 n1 p47-53 2010
Child welfare workforce turnover rates across private and public child welfare agencies are concerning. Although research about the causes of child welfare workforce turnover has been plentiful, empirical studies on the effects of turnover on child outcomes are sparse. Furthermore, the voices and experiences of youths within the system have been largely overlooked. The purpose of this study was, first, to explore the experiences and opinions about child welfare workforce turnover and retention of youths in the child welfare system; second, to explore a relationship between the number of caseworkers a youth has had and his or her number of foster care placements; and third, to harness the suggestions of youths in resolving the turnover problem. Youths in the child welfare system (N = 25) participated in focus groups and completed a small demographic survey. Findings suggest that youths experience multiple effects of workforce turnover, such as lack of stability; loss of trusting relationships; and, at times, second chances. The article concludes with suggestions for caseworkers, state trainers, local and state administrators, and social work researchers on engaging "with" youths in relationships that facilitate genuine systems change around social work practice and the child welfare workforce crisis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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