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Working to Reduce Child Welfare Workforce Turnover

The National Quality Improvement Center on Workforce Development in Child Welfare (QIC-WD) is a seven-year project funded by the federal Administration for Children and Families – Children’s Bureau.  It is a partnership among CU Anschutz, University of Nebraska Lincoln, University of California Los Angeles, University of Louisville and several consulting partners.  The goal of the QIC-WD is to define, implement and study interventions which respond to high rates of turnover in the child welfare workforce, with the goal of reducing future turnover.  Faculty and researchers at the Kempe Center are leading implementation or evaluation at four of the research and demonstration sites: Washington State, Nebraska, Milwaukee County and Virginia.  They are also deeply involved in the QIC-WD’s cross-site evaluation.  Final evaluations are expected to be released in Fall 2023 and will be posted on the website for the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development. 

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For more information, please contact:

Dr. Rebecca Orsi-Hunt 
CU Anschutz PI
[email protected]


Please also reference the first
two articles published using data collected from the QIC-WD: 

Hollinshead, D. & Orsi, R. (2023 advance on-line publication). Developing an Ecological Model of Turnover Intent: Associations among Child Welfare Caseworkers’ Characteristics, Lived Experience, Professional Attitudes, Agency Culture and Proclivity to Leave. International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy and Practice. doi: 10.1007/s42448-022-00139-4.
View here. 

Orsi-Hunt, R., Harrison, C., Rockwell, K. & Barbee, A. (advance on-line publication). Addressing secondary traumatic stress in the child welfare workforce: Results from a cluster-randomized control trial of Resilience Alliance. Children and Youth Services Review. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2023.107044.
View here.