W12 Quiz 3

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 textbook: 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 take place. 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
and adults such as teachers, coaches, or administrators. Another example is a child being sent to the counselors after crying, noticing self-harm scars, and be withdrawn.
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