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When Rescue Is Urgent: Children in Shelter Placement for Seven Days or Less.

Wattenberg, Esther, Katherine Luke, Molly Cornelius, and Jennifer Menke.

Coauthored by CURA research associate Esther Wattenberg, this report examines the circumstances of 1,306 children in Hennepin County who were removed under urgent situations and placed, for seven days or less, in emergency shelter care. This population represents more than one-quarter (26%) of the total number of children who experienced out-of-home placement (4,998) in Hennepin County for 1999. The paper examines the circumstances of children who are removed from their families under emergency situations, their demographic profiles, and exit information following their shelter care. Two research questions guided the study: (1) Is placement in a shelter the least intrusive response for the safety needs of children in emergency situations? (2) Is it possible to capture and clarify the working relationships between child protection workers and local law enforcement officers? The paper draws conclusions and offers recommendations to improve protocols that guide emergency placements.

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Minneapolis: Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota School of Social Work, and CURA.
Funded in part by a Title IV-E grant through the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
29 pp.
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