Brianne Kothari

Brianne Kothari, assistant professor at OSU-Cascades and lead author of the child welfare caseworker retention study.

Former child welfare caseworker Danielle Grimes is well-versed in the profession’s challenges and heartbreak.

“Having to take custody of children who aren’t safe — that is the most stressful event that a protective services worker can go through emotionally, physically and mentally,” said Grimes, who now serves as the Community Development Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Human Services.

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