9, No. 1
in Child Welfare
Child welfare supervisors
play a key role in the recruitment, retention, and professional
development of social workers. They are coaches, mentors, and evaluators
responsible for the quality of services children and families receive.
The tone and expectations they set in the work environment are so
important that some have called them the keepers of the culture
for their agencies.
All of this means that
supervisors have a powerful influence on families and on a child
welfare agencys ability to achieve the safety, permanence,
and well-being of children.
Its a big job.
cant reduce the number of things for which supervisors are
responsible, but we can try to make their burden a little lighter.
In this issue we do this by exploring an innovative model of child
welfare supervision, by presenting ways supervisors can promote
strengths-based practices in the workers they supervise, and by
sharing experienced supervisors suggestions for survivingand
thrivingduring the implementation of the Multiple Response
System (MRS), a reform effort that aims to make North Carolinas
child welfare system more consistent, effective, and family-centered.