The Role Of Dysfunctional Caretakers On A Broken Welfare System

1516 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 7 Pages
Five year old Ernesto Lara would lie painfully for weeks on a mattress soaked in blood and urine as his wounds would go untreated while fragmented child protection services scurried about. Little Ernesto and his siblings would have to wait until eventually the grave situation would be noticed by neighbors, meanwhile child protective services inundated by a growing case load would miss opportunities to intervene. Twenty-six year old Clarabel Ventura, single mother of six children, was one of 13 growing up, and like most of her siblings relied on assistance from the government and others to look after her and her children. “Dysfunctional caretakers create negative role models, teaching us to accept and follow their examples,” Lipman-Blumen (2006, p. 34). This can be applied to caretakers at any level. Some would blame Ventura, others would blame her abusive boyfriend; however the blame game didn’t stop there, the dependency on a broken welfare system, the Department of Social Services (DSS), and La Alianza Hispana were also mentioned as ultimately responsible for Ernesto and his siblings hunger pains and lack of protection. As the private and public sector squabble over who is accountable, children like Ernesto and his siblings have fallen through the cracks. The role of nonprofit organizations as defined by Drucker (1995) is, “to bring about change in individuals and in society” (p. 3). Services developed with a narrow emphasis to protect children might be less guided by…

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