Date Presented

Spring 4-5-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Kim McCabe


In the present study, the concern of inequality within the distribution of funds for social services was evaluated. The purpose measured to see if gender, race, and the residential school district of the recipient had an impact on the allocation of funds. The demographics of Campbell County were reviewed in comparison to Lynchburg, Virginia. Reflecting on previous U.S. policies, the intent of Social Services has remained consistent with the objective of benefitting the impoverished, however, wealthier children residing in white suburbs have received the majority of funding due to (1) the discrimination of other classes and (2) the method used to pool funding from property taxes. Legislation has been implemented to ensure fair distributions. The labeling theory has been applied universally to hypothesis that social workers may label children of the impoverished or of immigrant descent, as undeserving of victim services. In return, women and minorities, and those living low-income regions will be further victimized. The results revealed that gender, race and the attended schools were not significant to the allocation of funding by Campbell County. Future research may be conducted to compare the effectiveness of preventative programs to the current policies implemented.