Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Tony Bibus

Second Advisor

Carol Kuechler

Third Advisor

Lannell Farmer


Child neglect is the number one reason children are placed in out-of-home care in Minnesota. In this exploratory study, four young adults, with a history of child neglect, family preservation services, and out-of-home placement in one northern Minnesota county, were interviewed. Participants shared their opinions about how social workers and foster parents helped them develop life-sustaining relationships with a family. Findings are discussed in the context of a literature review which explores the relationship between attachment theory, chronic child neglect and the array of family preservation services offered to families. Participants provide advice for practitioners working with families who have experienced chronic child neglect. They suggested permanency planning earlier in the youth's lives, more long term concrete services, such as homemaker services, and a greater emphasis on reunification services.


SC 11.MSW.1996.Shoemaker.M

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