UNIVERSITY-STATE AGENCY PARTNERSHIP HAVING POSITIVE IMPACT IN KENTUCKY THROUGH CONNECTIONS
Workforce turnover can have negative effects in all organizations but is particularly detrimental in human service fields such as child welfare. Not only is there a financial impact associated with the hiring and training of new staff, but chronic turnover can lead to understaffing and high caseloads in child welfare resulting in negative consequences for those the system is designed to protect, families and children. With national estimates turnover in public child welfare agencies ranging from 20% to 40%, researchers and practitioners are continuing to search for solutions. 1
In Kentucky, there is a unique program that demonstrates the power of partnership in addressing systemic issues such as turnover in child welfare. Kentucky’s Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) is a collaboration between the state’s Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), all eight publicly funded universities, and three private universities focused on recruitment, selection, and preparation of highly prepared child welfare workers. FULL STORY
PCWCP GRADUATE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF FAMILIES AND CHILDREN
Crystal Siler is fulfilling her goals of giving back to the community in southeastern Kentucky and making a difference in the lives of children. Siler is an 18-year employee with the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), a state agency charged with providing programs and services to enhance the self-sufficiency of families and improve safety and permanency for children and vulnerable adults.
How Siler ended up in DCBS’ Cumberland Regional Office began with the important role EKU regional campuses play in the lives of students from rural communities, and the longstanding partnership between EKU’s Training Resource Center and DCBS.