Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Chang, Janet C.

Second Advisor

Shiner, Lisa


The study examined the effects of language commonalities between Riverside County Children Services Division (CSD) social workers and parents in their reunification process. The study focused on gathering data to depict whether or not having a social worker that speaks the same language as the parents speak influences reunification success. This study strived to gather data from Mexican parents, as this seems to be a fast growing population that CSD serves. Data were extracted from 93 cases tht opened in the year 2008 to determine the impact of having a common language between the parents and the family reunification worker had on reunification success. The purpose of this study is to gain insight pertaining to what other elements impact the reunification process between parents and their child after CSD has been involved. One of the main goals of CSD is to reunite and maintain families together without the need of their involvement.