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An Exploration of Bias in Arizona’s Foster and Adoption Agencies


Abstract The Arizona state child welfare system has recently experienced an increase in the number of children and youth living in out-of-home care. A lack of licensed foster homes has resulted in many of these children residing in congregate care. This study sought to determine what role, if any, personal and policy bias against five demographic groups (i.e., ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status for individuals and couples, and educational level) plays in this insufficiency of foster homes. In this pilot study a group of foster and adoption licensing agency executives and directors (n=5) were surveyed and qualitatively interviewed with the aim of discerning if bias is present at the personal and agency policy levels and to seek input for a... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Pearson, Patience Hope (Author) / Ferguson-Colvin, Kristin (Advisor) / Mendoza, Natasha (Committee member) / Krysik, Judy (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social work / Social research / Public policy / Adoptive Parent / Arizona / Child Welfare / Foster Parent / Hispanic/Latinx / LGBTQ
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 50 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Social Work 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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