Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Chang, Janet C.

Second Advisor

Avey-Motikeit, Deanna


The purpose of this study was to measure whether or not a child welfare worker's education has an effect on their client's outcomes. It compares master's degree in social work caseworkers' rates of family reunification and the length of time children on their caseload spend in foster care to those of child welfare workers who do not have an MSW. This study sought to address this gap in the current literature by analyzing available case data from a public child welfare agency in a Southern California county.

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