Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Smith, Laurie

Second Advisor

Motikeit, Deanna Avey

Third Advisor

Chang, Janet C.


The purpose of this study is to explore the reasons why child welfare social workers choose to stay working in child protection as their long-term professional career. Twenty-two career child welfare social workers' perceptions of their long-term employment were examined. If these reasons can be identified, child welfare agencies could possibly develop hiring processes, training systems, and other organizational processes that would target and nurture the right social worker for the job. Monies will be saved and families will be serviced by qualified social workers. The results of this study indicated the primary reason workers stayed in child welfare was related to the significant relationships they experienced with their supervisor, co-workers, and clients.

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