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Written by on March 20, 2023

By: Gabriella Raful 

The Philadelphia Child Welfare Workforce Task Force held a virtual hearing this month to make recommendations to alleviate workforce challenges Philadelphia child welfare providers are facing. They looked at worker turnover, recruitment, and retention issues that are impacting the children and families in the system and provided recommendations for the Philadelphia Department of Human Services to help improve the situation. Comments from Samea (suh ME ah) Kim, Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs for the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services are as follows, 

:16  “In our survey, when we asked participants what the top five factors are that would cause them to leave this field, over 80% of respondents noted that salary was probably the number one factor for them in sort of determining their future in this field. “

Kim says they found the average salaries of foster care providers and community caseworkers was thousands of dollars less than a Philadelphia DHS employee and added 44% of child welfare workers had a second job to supplement their income.

In other news, Mainliners won’t have to drive to downtown Philadelphia to dine at James Beard Award-Winning Iron Chef Jose Garces Amada anymore. Garces opened Amada, featuring traditional Spanish cuisine, in Radnor Township on Friday, March 17. “Amada is near and dear to my heart,” Garces said. “It was the very first restaurant I opened when I went out on my own in 2005. It will be a great addition to the exciting and rapidly growing Main Line dining scene.” Amada, 555 E. Lancaster Ave., features a 7,000 square-foot, 250+ seat dual-level restaurant, bar, lounge, private event space, outdoor courtyard and outdoor patio.