Children's Corps

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About This Program

Target Population: Graduating Bachelor-level students, recent Bachelor- or Master-level graduates, young professionals, career changers, individuals looking to start a career that makes a difference for children and families

Brief Description

Children’s Corps is designed to be a workforce capacity-building program that supports the frontline child welfare workforce and improves the retention rate. Children’s Corps takes a holistic approach that addresses the many reasons for turnover among caseworkers by using a 3-pronged model: 1) Strategic Recruitment & Selection, 2) Comprehensive Preservice Training, and 3) On-going Support and Professional Development. Each component has several elements and can be adapted to fit any child welfare jurisdiction. The Children’s Corps program includes a large recruitment component but only selects a certain number of participants based on the position needs of the local child welfare agencies (public or private). These agencies partner with the Children’s Corps program and hire the selected Children’s Corps members to fill frontline vacancies. It is understood that Children’s Corps participants will commit a minimum of 2 years to the Children’s Corps program and to the child welfare agency once they are hired, though the goal is to retain them longer since at least one study has shown that having more than one caseworker significantly lowers the chance of achieving permanency for the child.

During these two years, the Children’s Corps offers ongoing support to its recruited members. The Children’s Corps program stands outside of the local child welfare agency. Being operated separately is important for the support component to work more effectively for the Children’s Corps members. The program works closely with the local child welfare agency, its culture and dynamics. It is hoped that Children’s Corps alumni will continue to work at their agencies or other social service organizations, seek relevant graduate degrees, and/or continue to develop themselves as strong professionals in this field.

Program Goals:

The goals of Children’s Corps are:

  • Improve retention of frontline child welfare workers
  • Improve outcomes for children and families
  • Create future leaders in the field

Contact Information

Liv Anna Homstead, MSW
Agency/Affiliation: Fostering Change for Children
Phone: (347) 240-2625

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: April 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: August 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2017