Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Parental child abduction is a social problem that has an impact on a growing number of families. lt is now likely that social workers will encounter families affected by parental child abduction at some point during the course of their practice. To best serve these families, social workers need to be knowledgeable about parental child abduction and about strategies available to respond to the myriad of related issues. For this thesis, a survey was conducted of thirty-one missing children's agencies across the United States in order to identify agency perceptions of social workers' knowledge about parental child abduction, and social worker interventions before, during, and after abduction occurs. Eleven agencies (a 35% return rate) elected to participate. Survey results indicate that social workers are perceived as uninformed about parental child abduction issues and as having important, varying roles to play. The findings are presented here as practice guidelines.


SC 11.MSW.1994.Walker.KMC

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