Quiz 3 (K&H: 5,7,12 / S&CC: 3,4)
What role do you think federal policies played in racial disproportionality in the current
child welfare system?
What can you do to advocate for change?
It's not surprise that minorities are more likely to live in poverty than whites which therefore
shows the disproportionality in races. It's because of this issue that minority parents always able
to provide everything that's needed such clothes, food, or at times a roof over their child's head.
This doesn't mean they don't want to or aren't willing but that they are trying and are
unfortunately unable. Therefore, it indicates racial disparities at maltreatment even though the
parent's intentions are to do best by their child. An advocate for change would be to provide
resources that assist with the difficulties that the families are facing such as housing aid or
sending them to an organization that helps with getting food stamps. Another rout to be taken in
this matter is to be understanding of all aspects including finances and advocating not taking
their kids away forever and explaining the bigger picture at hand rather than implicating the
parent(s) as unfit.
Pick one of the cases on page 152 or 153 (End of chapter 12-Prevention and Preservation) in the
Child welfare: Preparing social workers for practice in the field.
Answer questions 1 and 2.
1 What prevention intervention(s) is/are appropriate?
A prevention intervention that is appropriate would be programs specialized in this area such as
Family Connections (FC). The program focuses on helping families with children in the comfort
of their own home along with the support of as many members including extended family and
community. In the case of David, a premature baby who lost his father and mother who shows
signs of postpartum depression it shows that he is already indicating high risk factors of future
neglect and mistreatment. With the FC they would do their best at assisting the mother's
psychological evaluation since she did lose her partner recently and is probably still in the
grieving process. They would also be consistent with home visits to make sure she is tending the
David and make sure she's in a multi-family support system along with recreational activities, so
she doesn't feel alone and gains encouragement by her environment.
2 What level(s) of prevention is/are appropriate?
Primary prevention is the most appropriate level since David was just born and there has been no
action of actual abuse. It is possible that she gave birth prematurely due to stress and the loss of
the child's father which would indicate that she is not mentally in the best state. There was also
the fact that the mother was disinterested in David which is future signs of neglect and since the
father is not around there would less likely be anyone else to be aware if it occurs. Therefore, it is
in the best interest of David that primary prevention takes place so none of the previous issues
Identify two signs of sex trafficking that you may encounter in practice? Provide examples.
When it comes to sex trafficking it's possible that the child will show no symptoms but if they
are showing it takes two routs which are behavioral and physical. The behavioral signs are sexual
knowledge out of the normal developmental age, engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior,
become secretive, or have mood swings. The physical signs may consist of genital injury, urinary
tract infections, sexual transmitted diseases, and suspicious stains. As for how it could be
encountered in practice is a female child expressing sexual behaviors with multiple male peers