FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's Department of Child
Services is blaming low pay and high stress for greater turnover among
reports the turnover rate among caseworkers rose to 19 percent this year
from 17 percent in 2011.
DCS Chief of
Staff John Ryan partly blames the news media for its investigations of
child deaths around Indiana. He told members of the state budget committee
Wednesday that "intense scrutiny" of individual caseworkers has driven
them away. He didn't provide any examples.
Ryan also says
that departing caseworkers often cite low pay. Starting caseworkers make
about $33,500 a year.
have come under scrutiny amid newspaper investigations into child deaths
across Indiana. State lawmakers are scheduled to look into the matter
themselves in the coming months.