The workforce crisis in child welfare has prompted child welfare agencies and universities to become more focused and creative in their recruitment efforts. The following resources capture some of these initiatives and highlight how partnerships between agencies and universities, as well as other community organizations, have resulted in new and strengthened recruitment strategies.
Capturing Promising Practices in Recruitment and Retention of Frontline Youth Workers
National Collaboration for Youth (2006)
Presents numerous strategies aimed at staff recruitment and retention and includes recommendations for both local and national organizations.
Developing Models of Effective Child Welfare Staff Recruitment and Retention Training
Children's Bureau Discretionary Grant Cluster
Presents site visit reports from programs funded to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate training curricula and models for recruiting and retaining a competent workforce in public child welfare agencies.
Improving the Quality of Human Services Through Results-Oriented Human Resource Management (PDF - 456 KB)
Center for the Study of Social Policy (2002)
Describes how to establish strategic partnerships between human service managers and human resource managers to promote the recruitment and retention of a qualified child welfare workforce. Examples of best practices utilized in Arizona, California, North Carolina, and South Carolina are presented.
Multiracial Recruitment in the Field of Family Therapy: An Innovative Training Program for People of Color
Kaplan & Small
Family Process, 44, 2005
Describes the creation of a training program designed to increase the number of family therapists of color. Examines the design, structure, and process of this program's evolution and its impact 12 years later.
Professional Social Workers in Child Welfare Work: Research Addressing the Recruitment and Retention Dilemma
National Association of Social Workers (2005)
Summarizes the findings of a number of studies that identify challenges to the recruitment and retention of social workers. It provides research and resource information that supports the importance of professional education for child welfare practice, highlights issues related to encouraging social workers to choose child welfare as a career path, and identifies outcomes from agency/university partnerships that affect recruitment and retention difficulties.
Recruiting and Retaining Children and Families' Social Workers: The Potential of Work Discussion Groups
Warman, & Jackson
Journal of Social Work Practice, 21(1), 2007
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Draws on the experience and evaluation of one particular model of supervision, work discussion groups, and explores its impact with residential social work staff and teachers, as well as the potential for further developments of this kind.
Rural Social Work Recruitment and Retention Challenges
Force-Emery Mackie (5th ed.) (2011)
In Social Work in Rural Communities
Reviews what is known about recruiting, hiring, and retaining rural social service providers. The chapter also discusses the challenges faced in hiring rural social workers.
Staff Recruitment, Retention, and Training Strategies for Community Human Services Organizations
Larson & Hewitt (2005)
Reviews strategies for supervisors and managers in community-based social service agencies about achieving a quality workforce. It addresses recruiting and hiring employees, orienting and training staff, motivating workers, realistic job expectations, employee networking and mentoring, team-building, and supervisor training.
Workforce Crisis in Child Welfare: Are International Workers a Solution?
Greenhill & Malik
Children's Voice, 10, 2001
Describes the requirements for human service agencies recruiting employees from other countries to fill child welfare positions for which there are few applicants and explains strategies for helping international workers to adjust to living and working in the United States.
Workforce Recruitment and Retention in Child Welfare : A Review of the Literature (Word - 64 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of Children, Youth, and Families, Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program, & Child Welfare League of America (2005)
Provides an overview of research examining factors related to recruitment, turnover, and retention of child welfare caseworkers, as well as implications drawn from the research findings.