A qualitative analysis of child protective services practice with children with developmental disabilities
The purpose of this study was to examine Child Protection System (CPS) practice with children with developmental disabilities. This study used an emergent design, ethnographic interviews, purposive sampling, inductive data analysis, and grounded theory building. Ethnographic interviews were conducted with foster families, administrators, intake screeners, special investigators, and workers in one local CPS office. Participants expressed concern about the ability to identify disabilities, placement options, services to meet complex needs of children with disabilities, training and support for families, collaborative arrangements with other agencies, and disability training for CPS workers. Findings suggest strategies for improving CPS practice for children with developmental disabilities.
Children and Youth Services Review
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Shannon, P. & Tappan, C. (2011). A Qualitative Analysis of Child Protective Services Practice with Children with Developmental Disabilities. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(9), 1469-1475.
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