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Case Scenarios

Read the following scenarios. Answer, in a 50- to 100-word response, each of the following questions:

Scenario 1

Sophia has been removed from her family and placed into foster care for the second time in the last 2 years due to her mother’s ongoing substance abuse. Sophia has missed many days of school and often comes to school dirty and wearing clothes from the day before. Sophia’s mother does not think she has a problem and blames the system for once again taking her daughter.

1. What can a human service professional do to help this family? First of all I believe a crisis intervention is where we would need to start. This unfortunately disrupts Sophia’s life but it is the best thing for her. Both Sophia and her mother need immediate counseling and therapy. Resolution focused brief therapy will help determine if Sophia can return with her mother or if foster care is the best outcome. I would recommend that counseling and therapy continue for an unspecified amount of time for either outcome. 2. How might the family’s previous involvement with the child protection system affect their willingness to engage in services the second time around?

Scenario 2

John has been homeless for most of his adult life. He is often seen on the medians of busy intersections asking for food and money or wandering through the park talking to himself. John used to seek housing in a homeless shelter but often chooses to sleep in the local park. During the winter, the local homeless coalition attempts to talk to John about staying in the shelter but he refuses. Staying out in the cold has led John to being hospitalized on several occasions, but he maintains that he is better off without anyone’s help.

1. If you were a case manager for the homeless coalition what would you do to try and help John…...

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