The purpose of this study was to gain an in-depth understanding of children's social workers' experiences with the Los Angeles County Linkages Initiative. Specifically, this study addressed the children's social workers' overall experiences, their perspective on the Linkages Initiative service integration process and the challenges and successes with the Initiative. A convenience sample consisted of 14 children's social workers from the Metro North Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) office. The researcher used 22 semi-structured open-ended questions to gather the data. The findings indicated that the social workers' experiences have been positive and that the Initiative has benefited the social workers and the families serviced by DCFS. This study also illustrated a need for ongoing training on the Linkages Initiative and a need for having more than one collocated Department of Public Social Services worker in the DCFS office. Implications for social work practice and social policy are discussed.
|Advisor:||Lam, Brian Trung|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
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