Understanding Of Child Welfare System Essay

1238 Words Oct 20th, 2016 5 Pages
Understanding of Child Welfare Before this class I had little understanding of the child welfare system. The project and the information presented in the class has helped be come to a better understanding of the child welfare system. The Mendoza family project helped be work through the child welfare system by applying the case. The first part of the project was a case note of the first visit to the home. Case notes are taken at each visit and are vital in the child welfare system. If a child is found to be subject to abuse or neglect, the case notes will be presented to the court. Also case notes are official records, so if they are not documented there is no proof of the visit. A case note includes where the parents work, the level of education the parents and children have received, the home environment, information about the children, and an assessment. While working on the assessment, I learned what signs to observe to determine if child abuse or neglect is present. For example, the Mendoza family did not have enough income coming in, which is a sign that child neglect may be present. The project also required me to do an ecological assessment, which I have never done before. The ecological assessment observes risk factors that can affect the family, and ways to prevent them. I found this method extremely useful for my future career goals. The ecological assessment can be useful when working with children or the elderly. For the Mendoza family this…

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