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Transforming the Child Protective Services Workforce in Texas

Maintaining a high-quality, professional, and stable workforce is integral to a child welfare agency’s capacity to fulfill its mission, but the recruitment and retention of high-quality staff is a persistent challenge for child welfare agencies across the country, including Child Protective Services (CPS) at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Over the last five years, one-quarter of caseworks employed by CPS left the agency annually. The child welfare workforce in Texas also lacks tenure; the majority of frontline staff have worked for the agency for less than three years. High and early turnover of frontline staff hinders the agencies’ expenditures and efficiency, as well as the quality of the services delivered to families. In 2014, Texas CPS began Transformation, a set of initiatives that aims to improve the way CPS supports the safety, permanency, and wellbeing of children. CFRP is conducting an outcomes and implementation evaluation of the new approaches to training and supervision under CPS Transformation. CFRP’s evaluation will provide DFPS with a better understanding of the strategies that are effective for training and maintaining the high-quality workforce that is so central to the agency’s mission to serve vulnerable children and families.


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Title Type Date
Child Protective Services Transformation: Evaluation of CPS Professional Development Report 2016 December