When State Systems Fail: A Qualitative Analysis of Child Protection Services

Harvey, Mary Catherine (2017) When State Systems Fail: A Qualitative Analysis of Child Protection Services. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Sue Ann Skipworth from Political Science, University of Mississippi.

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The purpose of this research is to conduct a qualitative study examining cases of abuse in the child welfare system and offer policy recommendations to limit cases of abuse. After chronicling several cases of child abuse within the State of Mississippi’s foster care system the following recommendations are offered. First, increased awareness and public knowledge on this issue and its causes is vital for the continuation of improvements in both the state and federal foster care systems. Second, proper funding is key to maintaining a functional state child welfare and protection department. This paper concludes with a recommendation of policy reform as well as the proposition of two new revenue sources that could benefit the increased funding of the MDCPS and the State of Mississippi. This study is significant in that the findings draw attention to the policy changes needed to reform child welfare and protection agencies in the United States and specifically in the State of Mississippi.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Harvey, Mary Catherine
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Political Science
Thesis Advisor: Sue Ann Skipworth
Thesis Advisor's Department: Political Science
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KF United States Federal Law
Depositing User: Mary Catherine Harvey
Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 20:08
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 20:08
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/791

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