This research serves to explore the definition of a child broker and the effects that such title can have on children. The research identifies the different aspects that child brokering affects the way the children interact with their families and form relationships. It focuses on the aspects that children may have difficulties with when growing up and what their ways of coping encompass. The primary research was conducted to explore the relationships that children develop with their siblings and how these may be affected by the child’s responsibilities and feelings. The focus on sibling relationships discusses an aspect of child brokering that is commonly ignored in the literature since most focus on the parental relationships with the child. The research was conducted through a survey in parts of Central and Eastern Kentucky and was given to Latino/a students in three different institutions. Finally, the research explores ways that the situations for child brokers can be improved and how they can be supported to explore their feelings. Solutions to reduce the pressures of child brokering will be given along with some of the existing obstacles to implementing these changes within our society.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2019


Abbey Poffenberger

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Languages, Cultures, and Humanities

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Language and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Languages, Cultures, and Humanities