Grant Will Fund Child Welfare Research

Grant Will Fund Child Welfare Research


(upbeat music) We’re here today to celebrate the announcement of a $15 million grant from the US Department of Heath and Human Services Administration. This grant will fund the quality improvement center for workforce development. It’s a research effort that’s being led by our center on children, families, and the law and the intent will be to study and test promising strategies for recruiting and retaining child welfare workers. In order to affect change, the worker needs to connect with the family and if your workers are cycling through, there’s no connection, and that impacts your ability to provide safety, permanency, and well-being for the children that you’re serving. What’s exciting about this is to bring evidence based strategies to them and work with them to see if they can make some improvements. Ultimately I think we have to measure the outcomes not only in terms of, are the workers staying, but are the outcomes for the children and families that they serve, are they improved? And our design is gonna allow us to take a look at that. While Michelle Graef and her team saw a call. They looked at the problem facing our society and said this was written for us. We can do this.

Daniel Yohans

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