A selection of The Imprint’s most impactful stories from the past year
The so-called Great Resignation began in 2021 and continued into this year, with employees voluntarily leaving their jobs in droves. While higher wages lure some employees back, the workforce crisis continues to plague the child welfare field, where increasingly stressful jobs have driven would-be workers into other sectors and worsened already-high turnover and vacancy rates.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services saw thousands of employees leave the agency in 2022. A primary driver appears to be new tasks related to safeguarding youth without proper foster care placements, many of whom were sleeping in offices or hotels. In New York, higher pay for government jobs left nonprofits that carry out youth and family services struggling to compete.
Watch: Stability Now! Imprint Senior Editor John Kelly and a panel of child welfare experts discuss ways that some systems and organizations have gotten proactive about creating a stable workforce.
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