Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Glenda Dewberry Rooney Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Carol F. Kuechler Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Deirdre Meade MSW


This study is an explorative evaluation of the placement status and identifying characteristics of youth under state guardianship in Hennepin County, Minnesota. A survey design was used to ascertain information about youth ages 0-17, eligible for adoption in Hennepin County from January 1, 1994 and December 31, 1995. The information was provided by the Hennepin County Adoptions Unit. Data resulting from this study did not answer the primary research question regarding the placement status of youth awaiting adoption in the age category of interest results revealed that twelve percent were adopted. Study results revealed that twelve percent were adopted. The research provides identifying characteristics about the youth regarding age, race and sibling group status. Based on the results of this study there appears to be a need for social workers to advocate on behalf of youth awaiting adoptive placements specifically for children of color and those in sibling groups.


SC 11.MSW.1996.Doran.KS

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