Social Work Macro Practice Case Study

explanatory Essay
2052 words
2052 words

Gordon K. Hiland
Professor Claudette LaMelle
HWC 516-S02 Advanced Social Work Macro Practice I
Final Exam: Identify a Social Problem Faced By My Clients
09 December 2014

No child starts off life wanting to develop insecure attachments, develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or be abused or neglected. Most of us want to be successful, well-adjusted and self-actualized individuals. Most of our parents dream the dream of having the perfect little Johnny or Janie. Parents often dream of a child who is intelligent, high-achieving, and creative. The fact of the matter is not all of us are as fortunate as others are in the families to which we are born. Part of the success of failure experience by many of my clients has to do …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that most children want to be successful, well-adjusted, and self-actualized individuals, but not all are as fortunate as others are in the families to which they are born.
  • Explains that child abuse, neglect, and trauma are the bases of many of the ills that face our less well functioning adults. growing up in foster care is a predictive factor in that person's future potential for homelessness.
  • Opines that children of racial and ethnic minorities are at greater risk of involvement with the police and foster care.
  • Explains that england has a long history of attempting to care for those that it regarded as those who were poor through no fault of their own. this helping tradition was continued in early america.
  • Explains that it was seen as a good thing for the community to provide for children of the widowed. as demographics changed and became more urban, there was perceived need for foster homes.
  • Explains that the wasp community felt threatened by non-white upstarts from other parts of europe who could threaten their position. the majority community looked down on central and eastern european groups like the italians, irish, and jews.
  • Explains that early responses to xenophobic hatred included jailing children for vagrancy, warehousing, orphan trains and poorhouses. charles loring brace, the founder of the children's aid society, thought that there needed to be a different way of handling the foster care needs of children.
  • Explains that brace operated under several misguided assumptions, including that children of ethnic white americans should be taken from their homes in new york city, and then be placed with solid american families.
  • Explains that many organizations representing the ethnic white american sprung up. catholic and jewish organizations were formed to place ethnic children within their own ethnicity.
  • Explains that 400,000 children in america are in foster care. many of them have had multiple removals from their families and communities of origin. they return home to a parent or are adopted.
  • Explains that new york city has the nation's largest foster care and social welfare system.
  • Explains that nyc acs acknowledges that the system is disproportional, citing research on the overrepresentation of children of color in child welfare.
  • Explains that pre-1962 foster care was under the auspices of the individual states. the us department of health, education and welfare ruled that state could only exclude children from the aid to families with dependent children rolls if their household was unfit.
  • Explains that according to the national coalition for child protective reform website, only 20 percent of the ‘alumni’ could be said to be ‘doing well’.
  • Opines that the system's mission has changed from one that is to benefit the children, to one which benefits those who are employed by such agencies.
  • Explains that 80% of children return to the care of acs. the bureaucrats get the lion-share of benefits from the foster care system.
  • Explains that as an administrator in a foster care agency, they would set out an advocacy plan. they would seek the input of milieu staff, professionals, vendors, and regulators.
  • Opines that they would seek to incentivize employees to think outside the proverbial crayon box and come up with innovative solutions. they would institute saleeby's strengths-based prospective in social welfare.
  • Proposes legislative action to incentivize keeping families together and additional funding to hire specialists in ptsd, childhood sexual assault, and trauma to work with the cases on a one-to-one basis.
  • Proposes legislation to force public housing authorities (phas) to undo the bloomberg era removal of priority housing for those aging out of foster case.
  • Cites 80 percent failure, acs update five year trend, and's adoption subsidies and placement outcomes.
  • Cites cooper, t. (2013, december 14). racial bias in american foster care: the national debate.
  • Explains jbfcs programs & services adolescent services hawthorne cedar knolls residential treatment center.
  • Cites zerbe, plotnick, kessler, pecora, hiripi, oâbrien,... white, j. benefits and costs of intensive foster care services:

Other parents find themselves fighting the evils of Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), mental health, and other issues and may neglect their children. It doesn’t take an expert in social welfare to know that if a child grows up in a healthy family, he has better life chances than the child who grew up in a troubled one. Child abuse, neglect, and trauma are the bases of many of the ills that face our less well functioning adults. For children who grew up, like my clients do, in foster care, the outcomes are even worse. Growing up in a foster care is a predictive factor in that person future potential for homelessness, SUDs, and themselves being the parent of a child who grows up in foster …show more content…

(National Coalition for Child Protection Reform,

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