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PROJECT NAME: Child Welfare Workforce Recruitment, Selection and Retention Study (Phase 1)

ABSTRACT:  Child welfare agencies need to identify and implement effective strategies to recruit and retain well-qualified staff that has the knowledge, skills and commitment to provide services to our nation’s most vulnerable children and families. A first step in this process is a thorough understanding of the current workforce situation regarding qualifications, turnover rate, selection and retention strategies, and specific factors contributing to turnover and retention. This multi-method study is being conducted in collaboration with an advisory committee comprised of representatives from the Maryland Department of Human Resources and local Departments of Social Services across the state of Maryland.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Karen Hopkins, PhD

FUNDING SOURCE: Maryland Department of Human Resources

AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $434,879

PROJECT DATES: July 2006 – July 2007

PRODUCTS:

Final Report:
Hopkins, K. & Cohen-Callow, A. (May 2007). Maryland Child Welfare Workforce Recruitment, Selection and Retention Study Final Report.  Baltimore, MD:  University of Maryland School of Social Work.

- Final Report
- Executive Summary
- Appendices to the Report



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