Date of Award

Summer 6-11-1997

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Vincent Peters

Second Advisor

Vern Bloom

Third Advisor

Susan Bollinger-Brown


The purpose of this study is to explore the criteria used by social workers in two mid-western counties to place children out of the home. This exploration has been done using a questionnaire that asks questions intended to identify a consensus among workers about the criteria considered to place children. Out-of-home placement for the purpose of this study will include any placement done by a county agency either on an emergency basis or by a plan, started at the beginning of a worker/client relationship. These placements are those in which a child has been removed from the home or from the primary care giver and placed in an alternative living situation. A consensus was established and many opinions regarding county policies were expressed. The opinions followed two themes, internal and external. The external dealt with community resources and the internal dealt with specific county policies and procedures. The concern most often expressed was that the counties tended to focus too heavily on financial matters.


SC 11.MSW.1997.Frafjord.MI

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