Latino Child Welfare Workforce Is Growing

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The Latino child welfare workforce in California is growing and becoming better educated, according to a recent CalSWEC data brief, “Latinos and the California Public Child Welfare Workforce.” They also increasingly have been graduates of CalSWEC's Title IV-E Stipend Program.

The data brief was compiled to describe the existing and newly hired public child welfare workforce in terms of Latino ancestry/affiliation and language ability. It is intended to support the California Department of Social Services Latino Child Welfare Practice Committee’s efforts to address organizational issues and strategies, as well as cultural and linguistic competence.


View information from CalSWEC’s Workforce Study, including Data Briefs about American Indian/Native American Staff and
 BASWs in the Workforce, among others, as well as Regional Workforce Studies.


Key Results of the Latino Workforce Data Brief

The Latino child welfare workforce is increasing.

  • The proportion of Latino child welfare workers and supervisors in California counties has risen steadily since 1998.
  •  In 2011, one-quarter of the supervisors who responded to CalSWEC’s Workforce Study identified as Latino, while 30% of line workers identified as Latino. This does not take into account persons who identify as multi-racial.
  • Once the largest minority ethnic group, Latinos became a plurality of newly hired child welfare workers in 2009, outnumbering Caucasians. They have remained so with increasing numbers ever since.

The Latino child welfare workforce is becoming better educated.

  • Overall, 37.5% of the newly hired Latino child welfare staff earned MSWs; 9.9% earned MAs or MSs; another 10.8% hold BASWs. The latter is the highest proportion among all ethnic groups.
  •  Since 2005 the proportion of the newly hired Latino social workers with MSWs increased steadily from 13.9% to 47.5%.

Latino child welfare staff increasingly participate in specialized child welfare education via the Title IV-E Stipend Program.

  • The proportion of CalSWEC Title IV-E Stipend Program participants among Latino child welfare line staff increased from 17.3% in 1998 to 33.6% in 2011.
  • Compared to non-Latino staff, a larger proportion of Latino staff participated in Title IV-E education.

The sources of the data are CalSWEC's Workforce Study, the California Common Core Curricula, the CalSWEC Student Information System,  (CSIS), and the 2012 California Department of Finance child population projects.