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Utah social workers often must rely on government assistance and second jobs to get by


Many child welfare caseworkers at Utah’s Division of Child and Family Services don’t make enough money to get by without government assistance, FOX 13 reports.

Social worker Crystal Rose told FOX 13 that she works as a housekeeper after her shift ends at the DCFS. She and her husband are living with her parents as they try to save money to buy a house.

Rose’s situation is not unique.

A report from Gov. Spencer Cox’s transition team found that many employees in Utah’s Department of Human Services don’t make adequate wages.

The median wage for DCFS employees is $35,880 a year, according to FOX 13, and the division has a 32% turnover rate. Meanwhile, child welfare workers in Idaho make nearly $52,000 as a starting wage, and turnover there is 16%.

Higher turnover means there are less experienced people responding to families in crisis, according to reporting by FOX 13.

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune and FOX 13 are content-sharing partners.

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