Masters Thesis

Substitute caregiver community needs assessment

Humboldt County Child Welfare Services uses a variety of placement options to meet the needs of the children who are taken into care. These placements require an assortment of services to be successful. It is important for the stability of these children that the care providers have their needs met. This research was conducted through surveys of care providers in Humboldt County and through interviews with ongoing social workers in order to determine how placements are supported locally. It was found in this research that placements face some unique challenges depending on placement type. It was also found that some challenges, such as respite care, are faced by all placement types. It is important for Humboldt County Child Welfare Services to address these needs in order to maintain placement stability.