I'm back at it again. Being a disciplined writer isn't easy when you're finishing up graduate school, breaking into a new career, and running a small business.
This time, I won't put too many expectations on myself. I told myself, "self, what's wrong with posting some of the things you've already written. What about all those papers I'll be writing on issues that are affecting our world right now today?"
Stay with me on this journey to a greater self and I pray that these messages encourage and inspire those who subscribe.
"Stay with me on this journey to a greater self...."
Ask the Social Worker in Me
Should single mothers of young children be required to work, or should they be entitled to public assistance while they care for their children at home?
My views concerning this particular question, lean more towards a developmental approach. This approach seeks to identify social interventions that have a positive impact on economic development.
Single mothers of young children should be required to work, with the assistance of the welfare system for an agreed period of time.
The "system" should be designed to encourage parents to work a full-time job, by assisting the parent(s) with basic life needs (food, clothing, and shelter), childcare assistance, and possibly transportation until the parent(s) are able to be independent of these resources.
Should public housing be routinely provided to homeless people at public expense?
My views on public housing tend to lean more towards an institutional approach. This approach views people’s needs as a normal part of life. I do believe that to some extent, society has an innate aspiration to support its members with basic needs and services.
Today, there are tiny house communities being created that can be afforded by our city, state, and government.
Should homeless people who have mental illnesses be institutionalized, should they be allowed to roam at will in the community, or should adequate mental health services be provided on an outpatient basis regardless of the cost?
Homeless people with certain mental illnesses should be institutionalized in a home-like environment where they can be provided with adequate mental health services and activities of daily living.
Concerning all others, adequate mental health services should be provided on an outpatient basis at a reasonable cost provided by insurance companies, perhaps based on a reward system that encourages cognitive improvement.
This is an example of an institutional view combined with a developmental approach.
Should children in families suspected of child abuse be placed elsewhere, or should treatment focus on strengthening the family so that children remain in their own homes?
Children in families suspected of child abuse – after a thorough inspection, interview, and confirmation; should be placed elsewhere.
There should also be a plan of treatment in place that focuses on the child's safety while simultaneously strengthening the family as a whole so that the child can potentially be returned to his/her home.
Social Worker Super Powers: Resources
The Children Welfare League of America provides families, individuals, communities, organizations, and systems that protect children from abuse and neglect. They offer a variety of services that help children, youth, and their families to accomplish developmental tasks and strengthen coping skills.
The CWLA acknowledges that children and families belonging to various cultural, ethnic, and racial communities, are unjustly represented in the child welfare system and frequently receive unequal services. There are a number of complex factors that contribute to this disproportionality and disparity in the system that must be changed. Racism, poverty, substance abuse, labeling, single-parent homes, and lack of culturally competent child protective service workers continue to have a negative impact on children and families of color, including those who enter the child welfare system.
There are millions of children and young people that lack the basic tools for a successful life, like adequate housing, proper health care, and nutrition. On average, abuse and neglect are reported by more than 2.8 million children, and three children die every day from maltreatment.“Thousands are exiled to the outskirts of opportunity.”
All youth should be provided with the same respect and treatment regardless of their race, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Those who have been abused, rejected, or neglected by their family need acceptance, support, and to develop skills that will help them successfully transition into adulthood. The CWLA also recognizes that “the well-being of children, families, and communities are interconnected and that sufficient and equitable funding is essential to the well-being of all of them.” The CWLA encourages all members of society to be an advocate for children’s rights because children do not have the ability to provide for their own survival and development.
I can remember meeting with two social workers after my mother died. They were conducting a home visit to ensure that my father would be able to raise me alone. I can’t recall all the questions they asked me that day, but I can recall that feeling of not knowing what would happen to me next, where will I end up, who will I become? I believe that having the resilience to survive and share my story will be a blessing to others.
"I believe that having the resileience to survive and share my story will be a blessing to others... "
As a social worker, I have a true commitment to advocating for children, human rights, and the dignity of all persons who face such challenges and any related to race, ethnicity, gender, and culture. I plan to use my expertise, leadership, and innovative skills to create programs and practices that can improve the lives of children and families everywhere.
Together we can create a nation that we can be proud to raise our children in, where everyone can prosper.