Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award



Document Type



Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Dr. Wayne Paris

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Dr. Alan Lipps

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Dr. Malcolm Scott


ABSTRACT The term crossover youth refers to children who have been abused or neglected, participated in delinquent behavior, and are involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice system. The purpose of this study was to gain information about the current crossover youth population within Texas Region Two, who could potentially benefit from the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM).This proposed pilot study advocates for the implementation of the CYPM in Abilene, Texas, which is one of the counties in Region Two and a place that has not yet enacted protocols and specific services for the crossover youth population. This was a qualitative study in which qualitative data was collected and analyzed by running the appropriate parametric and non-parametric tests using SPSS Statisticssoftware. Variables analyzed include the number of crossover youth receiving services from Big Country CASA, the demographic information of that crossover youth sample, and the number of times those youth experienced placement instability and recidivism. In addition, data was collected pertaining to number of children in both the Department of Family Protective Services and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. Results support the need for a change in protocols when serving crossover youth, not only by identifying a need but also showing that crossover youth in Texas Region Two are facing similar problems that are reported in the literature, such as high rates of placement insecurity and recidivism. Action should be implemented within this region and the CYPM could be the answer to support the crossover youth population.

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