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.
Casework: What it Really Takes
Child Welfare Information Gateway (2018)
Offers guidance and examples from former caseworkers on how to manage time, energy, and emotion for new or future caseworkers, along with tips on how to perform the work.
A Child Welfare Leader's Desk Guide to Building a High-Performing Agency
Annie E. Casey Foundation (2015)
Outlines how child welfare agencies can attract and support a highly skilled workforce by discussing specific recruitment strategies. The section 'Emphasize Human Resources, Training and Supervision' provides specific strategies for supporting caseworkers on the frontlines.
Having the Right People (PDF - 184 KB)
Capacity Building Center for States (2017)
Describes characteristics of the right people to engage youth and the results of their work with young people and offers practical guidance for building organizational capacity for recruiting, hiring, and retaining these employees.
Improved Hiring for Child Protective Investigators
Herndon Media Group: Law Enforcement Publications and Conferences (2009)
Discusses the use of preemployment psychological evaluations in order to assess child protective investigative applications. Appropriately vetting applicants can result in a lower agency turnover rate.
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.
Tips for Recruiting a Post-Boomer Workforce (PDF - 221,379 KB)
Discusses strategies to recruit a millennial workforce who do not typically consider Federal, State, or municipal government jobs as a way to build careers. This tip sheet provides hiring strategies in order to increase millennial job placements in the child welfare sector.