Contextual factors influencing recommendations for service provision by guardia ad litem and court-appointed special advocates

Jeremiah W. Jaggers, Emily Beerbower, David Kondrat, Matthew Aalsma, James A. Hall

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The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of county-level variables on services offered to children who have guardia ad litem/court-appointed special advocate (GAL/CASA) representation. An email survey was sent to GALs and CASAs inviting them to participate in the study. A total of 473 GALs/CASAs completed the survey, with 437 meeting criteria for the study. Our sample represents 33 of 92 Indiana counties. We found the number and types of services ordered were strongly influenced by county contextual characteristics. Families served by a GAL/CASA in urban counties with more poverty received more services. In contrast, families with a GAL/CASA residing in counties with a greater percentage of minorities generated fewer services. Future research should focus on why environmental conditions influence GAL/ CASA recommendations for services. Lastly, the relationship between the GAL/CASA race and the race of the families they serve should be explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-255
Number of pages12
JournalFamilies in Society
Volume99
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Child welfare
  • Contextual factors
  • Guardian ad litem

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Contextual factors influencing recommendations for service provision by guardia ad litem and court-appointed special advocates. / Jaggers, Jeremiah W.; Beerbower, Emily; Kondrat, David; Aalsma, Matthew; Hall, James A.

In: Families in Society, Vol. 99, No. 3, 01.01.2018, p. 244-255.

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Jaggers, Jeremiah W. ; Beerbower, Emily ; Kondrat, David ; Aalsma, Matthew ; Hall, James A. / Contextual factors influencing recommendations for service provision by guardia ad litem and court-appointed special advocates. In: Families in Society. 2018 ; Vol. 99, No. 3. pp. 244-255.
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