Research Paper Lisa R. Pruitt Kimberlee A. Shauman

Poverty, Place, Child Removal, and Termination of Parental Rights
Lisa Pruitt (Affiliate in Law) and Kimberlee Shauman (Affiliate in Sociology) with graduate researcher Elizabeth Sweet (Sociology)

This interdisciplinary project explores the correlation between poverty and child removal by comparing child removal rates to child poverty rates at the county level. Using poverty data from the 2010 Census and 2010 NCANDS (National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System), investigators will compare data at the county level, across the nation. This analysis will help determine the extent to which better public benefits and services for vulnerable children and families would facilitate a reduction in the rate at which children are removed from their parents. The county-level comparison will also facilitate an analysis of rural-urban differences in child removal rates for neglect.