Date of Award

Spring 5-10-1999

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Maria Dinis

Second Advisor

Glenda Dewberry-Rooney

Third Advisor

Jean Cornish


This exploratory quantitative study examines existing records of 193 youth discharged from treatment foster care homes between January 1, 1997 to December 31, 1997 and whether a correlation exists between the number of youth with mental health issues in a treatment foster care home, and the achievement of positive, non-institutionalized or negative, institutionalized outcomes at discharge. This research was compiled from treatment foster care homes in the Minnesota based Human Service Associates therapeutic foster care agency. According to Public Law 97'272 and social work ethical practice, the child welfare system strives to place children in the least restrictive, nurturing living environment. Permanency planning concepts that attempt to reduce the number of children in non-permanent homes are discussed in an ecological systems framework.


SC 11.MSW.1999.Glassman.JS

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