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Turnover rate improves for Milwaukee Child services caseworkers.

WILWAUKEE, Wis. -- The turnover rate among the front-line workers responsible for Milwaukee County's abused and neglected children improved during the first six months of 2009, according to a report presented at the semi-annual Community Meeting on Child Welfare.

Turnover is a chronic problem in providing consistent child services, and child welfare officials promised this year to do something about it.

It appears that their efforts--more training and support, improved clarity in job expectations and career paths--are working.

Of the 191 ongoing case managers employed by the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare at the start of the year, 37 left, changed jobs or took leaves of absence between Jan. 1 and June 30, a turnover rate of 19 percent. Compare that with the first six months of 2008, when 57 case managers out of 179 left--a turnover rate of 32 percent. Altogether, 105 case managers left in 2008--a turnover rate of 59 percent.

The report, prepared by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, is presented twice a year at a public gathering of people interested in child welfare.

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Date:Dec 1, 2009
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