In September, a report from the state auditor general’s office declared Pennsylvania’s child welfare system “broken.”
Now, lawmakers have begun considering how to improve it.
The first committee hearing on the report focused largely on how to keep qualified case workers on the job.
On average, those employees don’t make a huge salary. The audit showed the average entry level pay is just over $30,000 per year.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said that might be why some counties see up to half of their case workers quit within in a year.