Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


School of Social Welfare

Content Description

1 online resource (ii, 94 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Lani V Jones

Committee Members

Eunju Lee, Mary McCarthy


Alternative Response Pathways, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Poverty, Racial Equity, Child abuse, Child welfare, Family social work, Families, Black, Social service and race relations, Racism

Subject Categories

Social Work


Although research has identified factors associated with child welfare involvement, less attention has been given to how Black families are assigned to types of child welfare services. The advent of alternative response pathways allows child protective workers to assign child abuse prevention services to families based on the type and seriousness of the maltreatment, history of prior reports and age of the child. Given the history of disparate outcomes in child welfare for Black families and the fact that alternative response pathways are a promising approach for improving outcomes for families, this study examines the effect of family and community characteristics on child welfare outcomes. Two critical decision points in child welfare systems are examined: whether a family has access to an alternative response child welfare system and assignment to either an investigative or alternative response pathway.

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Social Work Commons