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Child Welfare


Unlike many studies focused on retention and turnover in public child welfare, this study examined issues of job satisfaction and retention in voluntary child welfare. Although three-fourths of the 1, 624 workers surveyed intended to remain in child welfare, 57.3% had thought about leaving their agencies during the past year. All respondents were dissatisfied with their level of pay, but those thinking of leaving were significantly less satisfied with the contingent rewards they received.

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McGowan, B. G., Auerbach, C., Conroy, K., Augsberger, A., & Schudrich, W. (2010). Workforce retention issues in voluntary child welfare. Child Welfare, 89(6), 83-104.

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