Training is critical to the development of a skilled child welfare workforce and a key ingredient in worker retention. New staff should be fully oriented to their jobs and provided with the knowledge and skills needed to perform effectively. This requires competency-based preservice and inservice training that is tied into supervision, tailored to worker needs, and includes opportunities for experiential learning, shadowing, and coaching. Managers and supervisors also need orientation and training in order to provide a well functioning agency offering the guidance and support that workers need to provide the best possible services to children and families. When staff have the opportunity to build skills and improve their effectiveness, they are more likely to experience job satisfaction and stay committed to their work.