The Kansas Workforce Initiative is a five year project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau. The purpose of the initiative is to create a stable, prepared and supported workforce to improve the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families in Kansas. The initiative will focus efforts on strengthening the workforce of private and tribal child welfare agencies. "Value-added" educational traineeships will help increase the child welfare focus at university social work programs statewide.
In Kansas, the average child welfare professional stays in the field for two years, while the average supervisor only stays three years. Researchers at the University of Kansas are working to find out why turnover is so prevalent in what can be a challenging, stressful line of work and help stabilize the workforce, which will help provide better service to families