Practicing anti-oppressively means ending the long history of blaming mothers and other marginalized groups. Parada (2009) believes “instead of concentrating on weakness and problems, agencies might concentrate on resilience and survival skills parents engage in to provide emotional support for their children in difficult circumstances (p. 181). For example: providing su...
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... from the aboriginal fathers of their own personal experiences and their desire to re-invent what it is like to be a dad. They wanted to be more involved with their children, not leave them fatherless like their own fathers had done. The idea that fathering is not innate ability rather it is something that is learnt made me think about my own ideas about fatherhood. As per class discussion investigative the notion that the “child choose you to be there parent” really questions my ideas around practice.
Through the discussions I also learned the ways I can include fathers in child protection practices. First, by acknowledging they exist, plan visits around the time the father and mother will be home. There are many different ways of including them in the child’s life, asking them to write letters or have phone conversations can really help in healing relationships.
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