In South Carolina, Family Preservation is of the highest importance when dealing with cases involving children. Title 63 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina is the South Carolina Children’s Code dedicated to the protection and advocacy of children. S.C. Code Ann. § 63-7-10 (1976) states that “Any intervention by the State into family life on behalf of children must be guided by law, by strong philosophical underpinnings, and by sound professional standards for practice.” (S.C. Code Ann. § 63-7-10 (1976))
In 1870, child abuse was first introduced by the events that happened to an eight year old, named Mary Ellen Wilson, who was experiencing several beatings in the home of her biological father and step-mother, in Great Britain. During the 1870’s Mary experienced extreme beating, and was removed from the home (Walkins, 1990). Mary’s story started in 1874, while living with her biological father’s new wife Mary McCormack Connolly. Mrs. Connolly would beat the child, and would not provide for Mary’s basic welfare. It was not until Etta Wheeler, a Methodist mission who visited the home that Mary’s abuse was first confirmed the abuse of a child. It was upon investigation by Ms. Wheeler, that the disheveled 10 year old child, with multiple
I am employed as an on-going social worker by the MA Department of Children and Families (DCF). DCF is a child protection agency, which is responsible for protecting children from abuse and neglect and strengthening families. The Department has offices throughout the Commonwealth; I am located at the New Bedford area office. As an on-going social worker I am assigned families after a report of abuse or neglect has been reported, investigated and supported. It is the on-going social worker’s responsibility to provide professional child welfare social work services, through home visits, to the family. This is done by assessing the family’s strengths and needs, developing
On 6/29/15, Ms. Wendy Sanders and Mr. Charles Ray Hamilton visited the DHR office. Ms. Sanders is interested in becoming Mr. Hamilton 's rep. payee and caregiver. According to Ms. Sanders, she needs somewhere to live because she recently moved to the Carbon Hill area after getting out of an abusive relationship. She has been cleaning Mr. Hamilton 's home getting it ready for her son who is 13 years old.
Authors Sands and Gellis (2012) state, the initial biopsychosocial assessment gathers information, summarizes and analyzes the findings related to the initial interview with a client. Other sources of data such as significant others, medical results. In addition, other data sources can be utilized such as neighbors, coworker’s friends, and medical results (Sands & Gellis, 2012). The biopsychosocial-spiritual, and spiritual components of an individual. It is imperative that when completing an assessment the mental health care provider focuses on treating the client like an individual and a diagnostic category (Sands & Gellis, 2012). This paper examines and discusses the narrative of Ashley Peterson; a pseudonym name has been assigned
PER REPORTER: Mom send notes for the children to get off at different addresses. Mom said the lights are off at the home and they are not staying at the home. Reporter stated they are staying from house to house. Per reporter, mom has sent a note for the children to go to the grandmother 's address and an address at The Brittany 's Apartments. Reporter stated she spoke with the grandmother and the issue seems to be the mother contacts the grandmother to ask if the children can get off there and when they do mom never comes to get them. Mom will tell the grandmother she will be there in a little while. The children stay at the grandmother 's home on and off. Reporter stated the mother has picked the children up from school on one of the days but
On 7/9/15 worker made an unannounced visit to the residence of Ms. Bernice Connell, for the purpose of making first victim contact. Ms. Kayley McKinnon, granddaughter-in-law of Ms. Connell greeted worker at the door and showed worker to Ms. Connell 's room. The room was cluttered but did not present with an odor. Ms. Connell was lying in bed watching TV, she was appropriately dressed with good personal hygiene.
Secure Dwellings continues to assist homeless children and their female caregivers throughout the state of Alabama and surrounding states. The program is currently serving 10 mothers and 22 children as of this board meeting date. I often wonder how they able to continue live with all of the unfortunate circumstances and experiences that have cause their lives to be in disarray, some situations due to poor choices and sometimes due to no fault of their own.
Karta is a 12 year old African American girl, who has experienced a long history of trauma. She was referred to me by her school social worker Ms. Johnson who reports that she has academic problems, severe inattention, hyperactivity, physical violent tantrums and is disrespectful to her peers and teachers.
Issues of concern, children’s needs, harms, risks and protective factors in this case study are illustrated in this section through the use of social work knowledge, theories and values. The children’s needs can be assessed through the use of The Barker and Hodes Common Assessment Framework (CAF). This tool provides a nationally standardised approach to assessing children and young person’s in need and deciding how the needs should be met. The CAF focuses on three areas including developmental needs, parenting capacity and family and environmental factors (Barker & Hodes, 2007). It also takes into account the parent’s ability and willingness to take responsibility and work with professionals to achieve change. The Turnell and Edwards Signs of Safety which is a strengths based, safety oriented approach can also be utilised alongside the CAF. This strategy aims to work with all individuals involved in the case to assess and plan safety and reduce risk and danger through focusing on the resources and networks that the family has (Signs of Safety, 2015). This approach involves the issues of concern, strengths already
The reporting party (RP) stated there were a list of issues and concerns regarding the level 4 home. A resident named Tammy Sanchez was observed by Regional Center counselor staff member Constance Sifton standing on a street corner on Mooney Blvd., in front of MOR Furniture store unsupervised. The counselor from the Regional Center pulled over and spoke with the resident. The resident disclosed that she had been on the street for an extended period which was indicated by the resident being drenched in sweat and appearing dehydrated and shaking. The resident was initially with a staff person named Isabelle and her boyfriend. The resident disclosed that the caregiver and her boyfriend went inside a building and she was instructed to remain in the boyfriend 's truck.
The household consist of Shaquana L. Wright 37, (maltreating caregiver/mother), Demecia Harris 4, (victim), and Annie Howard (Grandmother). Shaquana Wright, 37(maltreating caregiver), mother of Demecia does not reside in the home Annie Howard (maternal grandmother/caregiver) but frequently visits the home of to care for the child. The maltreatment addressed in this case is Substance Misuse and Environmental Hazards. The child in the home is functioning normally. Child is not exhibiting hunger issues or looking unkempt. On 03/10/2016 it was reported Shaquana was buying drugs, getting high, and letting other sell drugs out of her home while Demecia was present. The report stated Shaquana neglects Demecia while under the
As an example, when the family goes to the park, they inform the children how and when to cross the road. However, there are occasions I noticed that they take their time to intervene, especially when the children are engaging in risky behaviour. As an example, on one occasion, I saw Damien eating while lying on the floor. I immediately intervened and told him that he should sit up as he risked choking from the food he was eating. This was, however, an isolated incident. In the future, it would be ideal to continue advising Wayne to ensure that he knows the risks that might pose a danger to the children.
Rosa M. has had behavioral issues all her life and has been in and out of her mother’s home. Rosa M. and her boyfriend smoke weed and have domestic disputes while the children are present, Malcolm has failed third grade several times, and he’s been in and out of different schools several times. Rosa M. has threatened Malcolm in the past if he doesn’t do things she wants him to do. There are people in and out of the home often and the mother’s boyfriend has a violent history and was recently released from jail. Christian has balled his fist up in a threatening manner at Malcolm in the past when he witnessed Christian stealing money from his mother’s purse. Ms. Roberts stated her grandson has been with her all his life and she’s concerned for
REPORTER: The reporter/School Nurse (Lana) called with concerns for the victim, Briana. Briana has an intellectual disability, and she can perform her daily ADL’s. The victim’s mother (Melissa) and father (Joseph) are her caretakers. On today (05/03/2016), the reporter, Kathleen McAllister (teacher), and Mrs. Brooks (counselor) met with the victim. According to the victim, on yesterday morning, the victim was brushing her teeth when her mother (Melissa) came into the bathroom, pulled her hair, and twisted her arm twice. Melissa pushed her against the counter with a chair (in the kitchen), and hit her several times over the top of her head with the kitchen pot lid. The victim screamed for her father (Joseph), and Joseph sent mom away to calm down. There were no visible marks or bruises. On yesterday (04/02/2016), the victim reported the incident to Mrs. McAllister, and Mrs. McAllister noticed a red mark on the top of the child’s head (in her hair area).