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Brief Encounters: Children in Shelter for Seven Days or Less.

Wattenberg, Esther, Katherine Luke, and Molly Ann Petersen.

The removal of a child from a family is the most intrusive action that a state can take in infringing upon the privacy of a family and the cherished right to rear children without surveillance or interference. However, in exceptional situationsラwhen a child is found in circumstances that endanger his or her health and safetyラthe law allows for a child to be removed. Although out-of-home placement is an indispensable component of the child welfare system, it is always a stressful event for a child, even if it is only for a brief period of time. This study examines the circumstances of 1,306 children who were removed from their families under emergency situations and held for seven days or less in out-of-home emergency shelter care in Hennepin County in 1999. Based on their findings, the authors discuss the nature of the relationship between police and child protection, the impact of parental arrests on children, and the impact of race and ethnicity in the emergency removal of children from their families, and discuss several ways to improve protocols that guide emergency placements.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
Supported in part through a New Initiative grant from CURA. Additional support provided by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW).
35 (1): 1-6.
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