Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Social Work (MSW)
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.
Frafjord, Michael I., "An Exploratory Study: Out-of-Home Placement Practices in Two Mid-Western Counties" (1997). Theses and Graduate Projects. 709.