Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Preferred Name - First Author

Anneliese Long Keeler

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Department

Department of Social Work

Advisor(s)

Lisa McGuire, Ph.D.

Abstract

Kinship care has a long history of being used as a system of care for children whose parents are unable to care for them. However, it’s formal utilization is much newer in the United States and has significant impact on both families, workers, and society in general. My research explored how the Shenandoah Valley has employed kinship care in various counties. The findings of the study were that while children benefit substantially from kinship care, it is largely underfunded and lacks the support that could allow it to make the biggest positive impact on all parties involved.

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