The Social Service Divide: Service Availability and Accessibility in Rural Versus Urban Counties and Impact on Child Welfare Outcomes.
Belanger, Kathleen. Stone, Warren.
Vol. 87, No. 4 , p. 101-124
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
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Washington, DC 20005
An empirical study of 75 counties in a state found that social services are more available and accessible in urban versus rural counties, signaling a need for public policy addressing service allocation. The study also found a relationship between the accessibility of intensive family preservation services and reentry into foster care, a child welfare outcome. Implications for achieving outcomes affecting safety, permanence, and well-being of children are discussed. (Author abstract)
rural environment; rural families; service delivery; foster care; foster children; reentry; outcomes; child safety; permanency; well being