Student Researchers: Annie Godonoga, Sheharyar Khushnood, Rebecca Wardrop, Andreja Siliunas
Faculty Advisor: Jim Burnell (Economics)
The goal of this project was to identify some possible factors that led to the increase in the number of children in the custody of Wayne County Children Services. The AMRE team approached this project in two ways. The first was a comparison between Wayne County and the other 87 counties in Ohio in 2007 and 2011. The purpose of this approach was to determine whether Wayne County was behaving differently than the state in some way and to analyze possible factors that could affect custody numbers on a statewide level. The second approach was an internal assessment of the classification of cases in Wayne County comparing 2008 and 2012. The team read over 200 individual cases and extracted variables of interest. Through this approach, the team was able to identify case characteristics that were more likely to lead to custody. The two years were then compared to determine any changes in the important characteristics. Together, these two approaches created a comprehensive picture of possible factors that led to the increase in custody numbers.
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