Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Maria Dinis, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Clarice Staff, D.S.W.

Third Advisor

Jack Jones, L.I.C.S.W.


There is a significant increase of substance abusing families involved in the child welfare system nationwide and locally, in Minnesota. Many studies suggest that substance abuse is the contributing factor for children placed in foster care by child welfare workers due to child neglect and/or maltreatment reports. This descriptive study examined twenty-two court cases in a large mid western metropolitan county in efforts to determine the incidence of substance abuse on termination of parental rights cases in 1996. Findings from this research project reveal that substance abusing families are frequently cited in termination of parental rights cases. Implications of this phenomena on the social work profession are explored in detail and offer recommendations for service delivery for workers with substance abusing clients.


SC 11.MSW.1997.Vaudreui.KL

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