Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Morris, Teresa

Second Advisor

Richter, Sally

Third Advisor

McCaslin, Rosemary


The focus of the study was the disproportionate number of African American children in the foster care system. The hypothesis stated that drug and alcohol use, and differential sentencing of incarcerated parents have lead to African American children being removed from their families more often than others. These factors also reduced the likelihood of these children returning to their families, thus keeping them in the foster care system longer than any other group of children.