Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Cohort Seven Fellow

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Academic Mentor
Lawrence Berger, PhD
Professor & Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Policy Mentor
John Elliott
Deputy Administrator of the Division of Safety and Permanence, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Areas of Expertise
Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Workforce Development, Low-Income Families and Individuals


Yonah Drazen is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Social Work. Yonah's research focuses on the stability of the child welfare workforce, and how the combination of factors that encourage retention may moderate factors that encourage turnover. Before beginning work on his PhD, Yonah was a child protection ongoing case manager in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has a Master of Social Work and a BA from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.


Turnover in Child Welfare: Understanding job attachment and the quitting process among child welfare workers in Wisconsin

This longitudinal study will follow a cohort of new child welfare workers. Over the course of the study, workers will be surveyed several times on their satisfaction with their workplace, training, and a number of factors related to job embeddedness and turnover, including whether or not they are still employed in the child welfare field. This dissertation will be some of the first research to track child welfare workers after they leave their jobs, regardless of where they are working. The results of this dissertation aim to inform interventions to lengthen tenures of child welfare workers.