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The CPS Paradox: Life Course Criminology, Juvenile Justice, and Growing Up in Child Protective Services

Abstract In the United States, approximately 400,000 youth are in out-of-home care in the custody of child protection systems (CPS). They are incarcerated, but not as punishment for a crime. States place youth in CPS custody for many different reasons, centered around legal determinations of families’ failure to provide adequate care. Such youth are forcibly separated from their biological (“bio”) families and required to live in shelters, group homes, and foster households at the threat of arrest. Through the socio-legal concept of parens patriae, the government assumes responsibility for their safety and development. In other words, the state assumes the role of parents to children it places in CPS. Still, despite years of social work research, th... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Cesar, Gabriel T Gilberto (Author) / Decker, Scott (Advisor) / Wallace, Danielle (Committee member) / White, Michael (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Criminology / Social work / Child Protective Services / Juvenile Justice / Life Course Theory / Social Control / Social Work / Youth Development
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 316 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Criminology and Criminal Justice 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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