Projects

Western Regional Recruitment and Retention Project (WRRRP)

Project Overview

The Western Regional Recruitment and Retention Project is based on the premise that improved recruitment, selection and retention of child welfare staff will ultimately result in improved outcomes and services to children and families in the system.

Project Timeframe/Years: October 1, 2003 – September 30, 2008

Project Summary:

The Western Regional Recruitment and Retention Project (WRRRP) developed models of training for child welfare agencies on recruitment, selection, and retention. The Butler Institute for Families served five sites in the greater Rocky Mountain region – specifically in Colorado, Arizona, and Wyoming under this Children’s Bureau Grant. The sites represented both urban and rural child welfare agencies. We completed comprehensive organizational assessments of each agency identifying issues that impacted their recruitment, selection, and retention. Planning teams in each agency, completed a thorough planning process creating site-specific plans of needs, priorities and training intervention strategies based upon the prioritized site-specific issues. Project outcomes included increased quality and quantity of applicants, improved selection processes, and increased retention of qualified staff through the development of curricula and models for practice and policy.

Grant Partners:

Jefferson County (Colorad0) Department of Human Services, Mesa County(Colorado) Department of Human Services, Rock Springs( Wyoming) Department of Children’s and Family Services, Talavi ( Arizona)Arizona Department of Economic Security, Casa Grande( Arizona)Arizona Department of Economic Security.

Funded/Sponsored by:

The Western Regional Recruitment and Retention Project was funded through grant from the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children & Families, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Contact Information: Charmaine. Brittain@du.edu or (303) 871-6336