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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). In 2014, Texas CPS began Transformation, a set of initiatives that aim 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 is conducting longitudinal surveys of all caseworkers, supervisors, and leadership; focus groups of each regional workforce; and analyses linking the survey data with the large CPS administrative data system. 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