Caseworker Burnout Creating Workforce Crisis

Headache Grief Worry or FatigueA recent study by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio found that the state lost 25 percent of its child welfare workers between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. Only 40 percent of those leaving left because of retirement, promotion or termination.

A U.S. General Accounting Office report says child welfare worker turnover rate is between 30 and 40 percent. The average tenure is shorter than two years.

The suspected culprit? Burnout.

Burnout-spurred turnover is expensive. It costs an estimated $54,000 to recruit, hire and train a new caseworker. Turnover also threatens the safety and well being of children as it delays case resolutions.

Read the story by Chris Stewart of the Dayton Daily News.