Florida child-welfare agencies battling high staff turnover — 80 percent in some parts of state

One of the worst problems facing Florida’s troubled child-welfare system, advocates say, is job turnover among the case managers who oversee adoption and foster-care services — 80 percent in some parts of the state.

It’s costing Florida tens of millions of dollars a year, and those are just the costs that can be quantified.

“Each time the child and parents have to start over with a new worker, everything is delayed, people are discouraged and children are re-traumatized at having to share details of their lives with yet another stranger,” said Robin Rosenberg, deputy director of the advocacy group Florida’s Children First.

Rosenberg said caseworker turnover is directly related to how long a child stays in foster care; the more workers on a case, the longer a child is likely to spend in the state system.

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