High turnover and often times unrealistic demands create serious challenges for the state employees who work in our child protection system. Meeting the needs of the children in the state's care and protection and serving these children's best interest requires giving these workers supports they need.
If Texas could better prevent or address adversity in childhood, the results would be far-reaching: better health outcomes for our people, more productivity in our workforce, and fewer costs for our state systems. The people at the forefront of the effort to achieve that for some of our most vulnerable Texans work in the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Due to difficult and often unreasonable job expectations, however, there is a high turnover rate among these workers, which puts at risk our state’s ability to protect children from abuse, neglect, and isolation.