The family situation
In the Angel family, the state of affairs shows quite a number of dynamic dangers that affect the well-being of the family unit or members. For instance, the risk factors experienced in the family include household violent behaviors. The domestic violence might result from drunkard spouses, and misunderstandings. There can also be neglect and disregard by the parents to take care of Mary and Paul due to meager parental skill. For example, the parent may fail to take the child for a complete immunization. Lack of proper shelter or housing facilities is encountered in this family. Therefore, because of financial constraints or economic stress, there are health difficulties encountered by Paul, and the rest of the family members. In fact, the financial strain has some negative effects on the family status.
All parties concerned will be interviewed to come out with credible information on the Angel family state of affairs. The researcher will conduct an interview with the school’s administrative staffs, family members including the grandparents and other close family friends. Interview information will also accrue from the family doctor, and counselors. Given that the children and parents also act as credible sources of information, these groups will be interviewed separately. However, the children will be interviewed independently from their parents to create an environment for transparency.
Angel family want or needs
The Angel family, just like any other family, seems to be in need of various necessities or needs for survival purposes. The needs of this family include good transporting facility and psychotherapy advice or proper treatment for Paul whose life seems to be in danger. Therapy and proper counseling will ensure that all family members have healthy lives. In fact, the husband is required to attend AA meetings and well-organized parental classes. Claudine should have a stable job to get some economic reliefs from the currently experienced financial constraints. Above all, the family necessitates living in a fully furnished house. Thus, housing appears a vital family need.
Potential strengths of the Angel family
Even though, the family struggles to make ends meet, they have outstanding and potential strengths for survival. They do all they can to make sure that the Angel family is living together as a unit and that each member is happy. Keeping the children clean, neat, and well fed are amongst the responsibilities that are shared out by both parents. The head of the family, the father, also works hard to ensure proper family upkeep. In fact, David tries to provide all the needed financial support to make sure that the family hardly lacks any need. Conversely, Claudine has been running up and down to get a stable job. The mother has never given up in her pursuit for job. Claudine wants to help David to provide the needed financial support. To enhance the unity in the family as it appears currently, I will draw on the preservation theory. This theory will facilitate the heads to become more stable and rare their children properly. The theory will provide the basis for bringing up the kids.
The family strives to take care of the kids, and the parents want to meet all the emotional, social, and financial concerns of their children. Besides, there is unity amongst family members. When one member of the Angel family faults, the rest will always understand the reasons why that had to occur. This implies that there is no hatred and all family members live happily despite the encountered difficulties. There are consolations in this family, and each member is willing to work and socialize with those living around. The Angel family members are positive and will always share and receive experts’ advice on everything that affects them. Drawing on the attachment theory, children will feel unified to their lineage. The pressure encountered in kids’ progress usually arises from family division. This theory will reduce the probability of such occurrences.
The children’s welfare services
A child’s welfare service covers a broad area to ensure the wellbeing of each kid. The welfare service is involved in providing supportive services to vulnerable families. The Angel family will be empowered with respect to the spouses’ potential strengths. I will endeavor to facilitate the Angel family in order for members to meet their set objectives. This will be achieved through offering and involving them in a charitable contract (Cross-Tower, 2012). These are home based services to promote family health and unity, education, and put off family trauma. I will dwell on the family strength based on the representation. The support offered will enable them to feel at home, be proficient, and know their self-rule rights. The decisions to be made will be focused on what is meant by physical abuse. The discussions will be implicit and will cover all the non-accidental injuries caused to the offsprings. For instance, the Angel family’s case, Paul’s injury in the arms is unintentional, and occurred after he had a shake from his mother.
The families should be preserved and protected to maintain their safety. Basing the knowledge on the parents’ culture, I saw the need for keeping the family united under one roof. Claudine is black and has a Native American background and a Cherokee. She therefore views her neighbors as part of the family. Thus, they bestow the trust of their children on their neighbors and have a feeling that they are protected. Claudine never minded that leaving Mary, her daughter, with a fellow citizen was disregarded. The mother of David, Claudine’s husband, is a Hispanic. The Hispanics are families best known for using ruthless disciplinary measures on their siblings. Hence, after considering the background of these parents, I saw the need for training. This training will incorporate parental lessons. It will facilitate and teach them the basic parental skills so that they are able to know when they act against the exploitation defenses (Whittaker & Pecora, 2009).
I will ensure that David goes to the AA meetings. This will only occur after I have conducted an interview with members of the Angel family. Moreover, the family will attend the parenting skills classes to be acquainted with relevant expertise. They will get relief after I have propelled them to ask for some TANF. Claudine will find it easy to secure a stable job through the introduction of TAND. This will economically reduce her family tensions and stresses. The family will gain their lost control. The health of Mary will drive the assessor to get her vaccination cards updated. This will make sure she has insurance to cover her life. Thus, her parents will be relieved from encountered stress. To ensure further protection of children, and the preservation of the family, I will ensure the family is provided with proper housing. The children will have access to the best education. Currently, the family resides in a lodge and this situation stresses up the parents. Paul, their son, lacks good education and faces numerous difficulties. The assessor will ensure that Paul gets exceptional edification because of his developmental problems.
In the contract, I will incorporate anger management lessons to help both parents to learn. They will be able to handle life madness and frustrations. To advance Mary’s health status, I will ensure Claudine regularly visits the doctor. This will aid in maintaining her vaccination troubles. I will ensure this is executed in a month’s time. Extra time will be given depending on their progress. However, I will maintain regular checkups on the family development (Shireman, 2003).
The impacts of bylaws or state policies on the family
The major policy in this context is that dealing with family preservation. I have employed it under the Child Welfare Act of the fiscal 1982. Since children are prone to devastation accruing from separation, they need sufficient care. The bylaw demands that social workers should work to assist parents in giving enough attention to their offsprings. Therefore, after I have received the Angel family reports founded on this Act, I will do my best to protect the children interests. I will provide protective services to avert auxiliary harms to these kids as well as any other kid in the neighborhood families. The family life and home environment will be stabilized and preserved whenever possible. As a result, the children will be able to stay home. This will keep the family relationship certain and encourage the developments of healthy connections (Aldgate & Malcolm, 1996).
Conversely, Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) of the fiscal 1974 have some provisions for the children. It offers the state’s financial support to the families to scrutinize and put a stop to child ill-treatment. Any incidences of child neglect and abuse are monitored, researched, and dealt with under this Act. Parents in the Angel family have the elementary right and freedom under the protection of the constitution to bring up their children the way they prefer. However, I will ensure that these children are raised according to the legal framework. I will ensure that the child to parent association is balanced, and the parents accomplish their responsibilities and rights as stipulated by the law. In case the parents fail to meet their obligations, I will ensure that corrective actions are taken under the authority and power of the state. The actions will ensure that the Angel family kids are protected from any kind of harm.
The 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act (PRWORA), as well as the 1988 Child Abuse, Adoption, and Family Services Act will also be used. Under the PRWORA, I will make sure that the Angel family is provided with any financial support when necessary. The law warrants that the welfare of such a poor family be looked into. Where the parents do not provide better clothing, transportation, and adequate children care, I will offer necessary advice and guidance. Any cases of abuse will not be tolerated.
The implication of decisions
As a social worker, I will aid the family in resolving their issues. In case the contractual terms are not agreed upon, threats will be imposed on the family daily life. I will inform the Angel family that their children will be taken away from them. This will affect their development and traumatize them. It will also affect the children. I will ensure that these children stay with their mothers or relatives. The parents will have precedence only when the children are positioned for adoption. Moreover, they will be informed that they do not meet their expectations as parents. The consent will allow the social worker to sanction the adoption of these children to distant family members. The adoption will ensure that these children have permanent residency. The disadvantage to the family and the offspring is that the kids will stay away from their parents for a long time. However, the legal guardianship will help in pleasing the children. Lastly, I will do away with the financial aid if the parents fail to complete and keep up to the agreement.
Factors that may hinder the provision of adequate support
The family embraces the Hispanic cultural practices. However, this does not impose any barrier to service provision. In fact, the culture embraced by members of the Angel family seems to be compatible with the help that a social worker may offer. There are hardly any eminent hindrances to the decisions that I will make.
The Angel family members share some genetical makeup. In that lineage, there might have been biological problems that now affect the kids’ development. Paul for instance, has a developmental problem that might affect the decisions that I make to support this family. In fact, I wanted to relocate or take away any kid who has troubles or encountered difficulties in their homestead to the grandparents or distant families. However, the developmental or biological problems that are inheritable might affect the decisions I make about this matter.
Since the children have difficulties in getting proper education, I will consider offering even more support to ensure that the kids have a brighter future. Nevertheless, the children might be used to the school where they currently go. Relocating them may be problematic or may cause performance problems. Therefore, another alternative may be considered where necessary rather than relocation.
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