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dc.contributor.advisorKelly, Michael Josepheng
dc.contributor.authorBenner, Kaleaeng
dc.coverage.spatialUnited Stateseng
dc.date.issued2009eng
dc.date.submitted2009 Summereng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on Feb 26, 2010).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionDissertation advisor: Dr. Michael J. Kelly.eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionPh.D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2009.eng
dc.description.abstractThis exploratory study examines the phenomenon of voluntary parental relinquishment to alternative care. In 2006 there were 51,984 children voluntarily placed into alternative care by a parent (Department of Health and Human Services, 2006). The occurrence of parents relinquishing a child to the state's custody is not a recent one. Literature evidence (Cohen, et al., 2003; GAO, 2002; NAMI, 1999) most frequently attributes mental illness of the child and subsequent unmet mental health needs as a predecessor to voluntary placement. Both federal and state research indicates that voluntary relinquishment is occurring for families who are economically unable to provide mental health services to a child. However, some children are voluntarily relinquished with no known history of mental health issues (AFCARS, 2006). This raises the question of what makes a child or a family vulnerable to voluntary placement in alternative care. This study will enhance current literature through an exploratory analysis of the nationwide population of children in alternative care to determine those factors which influence a parent's voluntary relinquishment.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical referenceseng
dc.format.extentvii, 158 pageseng
dc.identifier.oclc589252110eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/7014
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/7014eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.lcshCustody of childreneng
dc.subject.lcshGuardian and wardeng
dc.subject.lcshChildren with mental disabilitieseng
dc.titleLegalized orphans : parental relinquishment to child welfareeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineSocial work (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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