Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Thomas Davis


Unaccompanied minors from Central America and Mexico have endeavored treacherous journeys to enter the United States for many decades. In recent years, there has been an influx of unaccompanied minors fleeing their native country and arriving at the United States border as a result of poverty, violence, limited prospects and to reunify with their parents. Unaccompanied minors have witnessed and faced adversities, sometimes causing various mental health problems. Providing services to a vulnerable population like unaccompanied minors from Latin America can be challenging. This study explores Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) social workers’ perceived confidence in working with unaccompanied minors. This study employs an exploratory design and compile qualitative data by interviewing DCFS social workers. The researcher evaluated perceived level of confidence among social workers utilizing thematic analysis. Research findings were compelling and will have significant implications for social work literature, social work programs and policies impacting unaccompanied minors.

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