Case Study: Marcus In Foster Care

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Marcus is from Georgiana, Alabama, a small rural community with a population of 1,680 and a rate of 50.8 percent living below the poverty levels (U.S. Census Bureau, 2014). After being kicked-out of his home by his conservative Christian parents for coming out as gay, Marcus came to Mobile, Alabama. Marcus believes that his older sister may live in Atlanta, but is not sure and has no way to contact her. With a population of 194,675 and radius of 139.11 square miles, Mobile is the third largest city in Alabama (U.S. Census Bureau, 2014). There are a wide range of industries located in Mobile which includes aviation/aerospace, chemical, healthcare, IT/high-tech, logistics/distribution, maritime, oil & gas, steel, and foreign based companies (Industry…show more content…
To help Marcus in Mobile County, I would have to contact his parents to see if they will consider getting services and counseling to address the issues they have with Marcus coming out as gay. If they refuse and would not want anything to do with Marcus, then I have to decide if to place Marcus in the care of other family members, foster care, youth group home facility, or have him emancipated from his parents’ care. For Marcus, I find that placing him with a family member, foster care, or a facility would be the best options for him, because he is sixteen and needs to finish his schooling. If a family does not want to take guardianship, that could be very traumatizing for Marcus and could make him feel unwanted. Marcus could live with a foster family who are accepting of his lifestyle and the arrangements would be made through the legal or social service system (Phillips & Straussner, 2002, p. 186). However, it could be difficult to find a foster family who is willing to have Marcus in their home based on his age and that could also be a potential barrier for intervention. The next step would be to have Marcus physically and mentally evaluated to make sure he has no diseases and that he is mentally and emotionally stable. If there is a chance that he has a sexual transmitted disease like HIV or AIDS, then he needs to get treatment immediately and is a huge barrier for intervention. To keep in mind, there is overt discrimination and “homophobia” to LGBT individuals and can be destructive to them (Phillips & Straussner, 2002, p.
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