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Story Professionalization of the Child Welfare Workforce 11-2

Chapter 5   Leadership

Children’s Bureau staff, circa 1923.
Children’s Bureau staff, circa 1923.
Photo Credit: Library of Congress, LC-DIG-npcc-24896
Professionalization of the Child Welfare Workforce – The Children’s Bureau’s early decision to support workers’ professional development resulted in an enduring commitment that continues today.

Faced with a limited source of child welfare funds authorized by the Social Security Act of 1935, the Children’s Bureau determined it could achieve the greatest impact by using those funds not for maintenance of children in the States’ care, but for the employment and training of child welfare staff. Early funding supported inservice training, higher quality supervision, and professional educational leave to enhance workers’ skills and abilities as well as to address the never-ending challenges of staff shortages and turnover. In 1960, about 10 percent of the $13 million allocated to States for child welfare services was being used for educational leave.

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