Few societal issues draw more attention and support than that of child welfare. All 50 states have Child Welfare Services programs. The professionals entrusted with ensuring the care, safety, and protection of children are subject to staffing shortages, reduced funding, overwork, and sometimes even pay reductions. “Burnout” is not uncommon. State governments struggle with balancing budget concerns with solutions.
Texas has set forth a unique “fix.” Reduce the education requirements for CWS staff, allowing anyone with a high school diploma to fill the vacancies. No social work education or training required! With this ruling, Texas becomes the only state to not require even a bachelor’s degree for child welfare work.