Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Davis, Tom

Second Advisor

Estravit, Greg

Third Advisor

Chang, Janet C.


There are many barriers that interfere with the utilization of mental health services which include instability of the foster child, county/budget restrictions, racial/ethnic inequality, delivery of service, lack of knowledge and understanding of mental health needs, inadequate training on mental health needs for children among foster parents, social worker caseload and lack of communication between Foster Care Social Worker (FCSW) and County Social Worker (CSW). The purpose of this research is to examine the various barriers that affect the under-utilization of mental health services among foster children. Participants included foster parents recruited from Riverside and San Bernardino County who are currently employed through Avant-garde Foster Family Agency.