Document Type

Student Research Paper


Spring 2016

Academic Department

Social Work


Street-involvement among children and youth is a global social concern. It is challenging to compare policies serving a population which varies in average age, risk factors, and needs, especially where distinct child welfare policies operate. While Mexican youth may remain with the family and work in the street to provide income, the parallel population in the U.S. is runaway, pushed-out and homeless youth, those usually driven away from the family system rather than working for it. Although these two nations have similarly operating policies serving street-involved youth, there are fundamental differences in practice based in cultural and political differences. Analyzing and comparing the relatively recent Mexican and United States policies - their historical, social, political, and economic influences - will inform current practices in considering how to best attend to street-involved youth, as well as develop a framework for social work practice in the U.S. and Mexico.


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