Working for DCS
Working for Child Protective Services
Work in the field of Public Child Welfare is rewarding and meaningful and is also demanding and challenging. Workers must be able to work with abused and neglected children as well as with those children's families, including the parents who abused and/or neglected them. Additionally, workers testify in court proceedings, write legal reports to the courts, coordinate with multiple agency providers, and provide crisis intervention. The work hours are not always limited to 8 to 5 and workers in the rural districts are required to rotate performing on-call, after-hours duties.
We advise all applicants to the Stipend Program to explore whether a career in child welfare would be a good fit for them. Listed below are several ways you can gain more information about the work of Child Protective Services.
View a Realistic Job Preview about working at CPS in AZ at: https://www.azdes.gov/child_protective_services/jobs.aspx
Take a self-assessment which will allow you to reflect on how your personality characteristics fit with the demands of CPS work.
- Review common Myths of Working at CPS
Review the role of a CPS Case Manager
Review CPS job requirements and salary on their website at: http://www.azdes.gov/dcyf/cmdps/cps/job.asp
View the Frequently Asked Questions about the stipend and scholarship programs and working for CPS
To visit one of the Child Welfare Training Units and talk about CPS work with one of our staff or supervisors, please call Tonia Stott (BSW program) at 602-496-0077 or Travis Cronin (MSW program) at 602-496-0081 to arrange a visit.
Stipend and Scholarship students will be placed where the need is greatest at CPS. This means that neither the job function nor job location can be guaranteed in advance. Historically, all students who have wanted to be employed in Maricopa County or Pima County and successfully passed the interview in that District have been able to secure employment in that District. However, the specific office location within these Districts is usually not determined until after employees are hired. While CPS will attempt to accomodate employees' geographic preferences, it is often the case that this is not possible. You could live in Gilbert and be assigned to an office in Phoenix.
If you want to work in a specific rural office (e.g. Flagstaff, Prescott, Sierra Vista, Lake Havasu, etc.), there must be an opening in that office at the time of your graduation in order for you to apply to the office.
Your job function at the time of graduation will also be determined by the staffing needs at CPS. Preferences will be considered, when possible, but whether you are assigned to an investigative, on-going, in-home, adoptions, or Young Adult Program unit will largely be determined by the needs of the agency and the community.