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))
Each day, the safety and well-being of children across the Nation are threatened by child abuse and neglect. Intervening effectively in the lives of these children and their families are not the sole responsibility of any agency, but rather the safety and the care of the children in need. Child Protective Services (CPS) was created by law to make sure children are safe and to help families create a safe environment for their children. When investigating a report of abuse or neglect, CPS seeks active involvement from the children’s parents and other family members to help solve issues that lead to abuse or neglect. The objective of CPS is to reunify parents and children whenever possible, and if reunification is not possible, CPS will seek to
Richard J. Gelles was the director of the Family Violence Research Program at the University of Rhode Island. In his research, Gelles found that in many cases Social Workers as well as other professionals fail to look at the entire picture in terms of family intervention. According to Gelles, in the case of David, preexisting family issues were overlooked which should have played a major role in determining the suitability of David’s home. In his book, Gelles addresses several issues that state families should be maintained and that children are better off with their parents than in a custody system.
The assessment of risk is a critical part of child welfare advocacy. The review of instruments of different instruments for assessing risk and safety in child welfare focuses on instrument reliability, validity, outcomes, and use with children and families of color. The evaluation of risk assessment instruments generally includes broad categories of areas related to abuse and neglect, behavioral descriptions, procedures to determine levels of risk, and standardized forms to record this information (Rycus & Hughes, 2003). In the process of screening for a case study, instruments are used to determine if the child or family needs further assessment, treatment, or intervention services. In evaluating the Van Sise family I have found that the following
The overarching goal of Child Protective Services (CPS) is to protect children from instances of future abuse or neglect. In general, CPS is responsible for investigations of allegations of abuse and neglect, to initiate child protective proceedings and place children into foster homes when needed, with each state taking a different approach in how their agency is structured and operated. In the state of New York, CPS “first obligation is to help the family with services to prevent its break-up or to reunite it if the child has already left home” (FindLaw, 2016). The protection of the child focuses “on the child in the context of the family, and recognizes the value of the family to the child” (NY Committee on Children and Families, 2001).
Every year millions of children suffer from child abuse and maltreatment. Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Maltreatment 2013 (2015) report shows that in 2013, there were approximately 3.9 million reports of child abuse made in the United States. Of those reported, 678,932 were deemed victims of child abuse and neglect (child maltreatment 2015). Of the four common types of abuse, i.e., physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect, “the greatest percentages of children suffered from neglect (79.5%) and physical abuse (18.0%).” (Child Maltreatment, 2015). The data also shows that, the youngest children are the most vulnerable to maltreatment, 27.3% of
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
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Alejandro is a 30 month (2 ½-year-old) male of Hispanic descent. Currently, he is a ward of the Los Angeles County’s foster care program (DCFS). He has been placed in a private foster family agency’s (FFA) volunteer foster family home. His mother, Ms. C., is a 28-year-old woman who is currently living at a residential drug program for treatment of her addiction to methamphetamine. Ms. C. self-identifies as Catholic. Alejandro’s father, reportedly, has not dealt with Alejandro since after his birth. When Alejandro was approximately 12 months (1-year) old, DCFS removed Alejandro from Ms. C. due to severe neglect. Currently, Ms. C. is attending court mandated parenting classes, a drug rehabilitation program, and bi-weekly visitations with her son.
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.
The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974 is the federal policy that addresses issues and concerns in regards to child abuse and neglect. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act was sanctioned on January 31, 1974, and gives government subsidizing to States in support of counteractive action, appraisal, examination, indictment, and treatment exercises furthermore gives awards to open offices and philanthropic associations, including Indian Tribes and Tribal associations, for showing projects and tasks. President Nixon was in charge of sanctioning the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974. This act defined child abuse and neglect as "the physical or mental damage, sexual abuse, careless treatment, or abuse of children
99). In the mist of this placement, there will be a in depth approach to the severity of the abuse, whether the parents are competent of retaining their child, and most important the caseworker will look at what is in the best interest for the child. In many cases the children may reconnect with the parent that is not abusive. If neither parent can obtain the child, then the caseworker will go through drastic measures to place the child is a place where they could develop as a functioning human being. According to Martin (2014), some of the other options are: “Living with relatives, guardianship with close friends, short-term or long-term foster care, emancipation (with older adolescents), and adoption with termination of parental rights” (p. 99). However, the best option for any case, is the option that is best for the child. Moreover, the child has already suffered a lot of anguish, therefore, it is pertinent to make the decision to promote stability in the child’s life. Recently, there have been state, and federal mandates to go against reunification with the biological families. These mandates were established to protect the child from further damage (Martin,
Case management services were provided through an FTM (family team meeting) in Anaheim. Present at the meeting were WYP (Wraparound Youth Partner) Andy Ngo, WPP (Wraparound Parent Partner) Shannon Ortiz, WCC (Wraparound Care Coordinator) Jody Taylor, the youth’s probation officer, and the youth’s father. The youth did not show up to the meeting. WYP Ngo gathered some information. The father was picking up the youth, but the youth ran away. The youth did not go to any of his appointments today. The youth is not going to school. The youth took his father car on Saturday, April 16th, 2016. The youth tested positives for substances, but it was not as high as the previous tests. The youth has two more week of rehab left. The youth is not consistent
As representatives of the Legislative Committee for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs across the Commonwealth, we wanted to take a moment and recognize our appreciation of you and your staff for the ongoing support and partnership DCJS has provided to local CASA programs over the last 25 years.
Fokus Family Services provides individual with an opportunity to re-construct their lives. The professional staff members are trained in the fields of: mental health, A.O.D.A., individual & family therapy, in home non-medical therapy, parenting assistance, education, home management, job coaching, life skills, anger management, and mentoring. Fokus embraces and seeks to preserve the entire family, while acknowledging adversity that continues to surpass our community, which causes disparity and hopelessness. The curriculum covers all areas and address issues as they are presented. Some issues, but not limited to are as followed: conflict resolution, problem solving, communication, building self-esteem, dealing with stress and discipline,