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We are concerned about parents who have children with emotional disabilities in need of a range of services -- particularly out-of-home placement -- who have, in countless instances, been required to transfer custody of their children to the state for the sole purpose of obtaining necessary services at public expense. This requirement appears to stem, primarily, from the following: (1) a mistaken belief on the part of the state and local officials that federal reimbursement under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act is available only where legal custody of a child has transferred to the state; and or (2) an attitude that time limited voluntary placement agreements are inconvenient (or disruptive to treatment) and, accordingly, that parental surrender of child custody to the state simplifies matters for states and agencies involved.

Publication Date

Summer 1989


Social work with youth, Youth -- Mental health services, Young adults -- Mental health services, Social work with children


Social Policy | Social Welfare | Social Work


Copyright @1989 by Regional Research Institute. All Rights Reserved

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Focal Point, Volume 03 Number 03