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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? 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 – Brandi T. Turney

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 seek appropriate housing during the winter months?

Operating as a case manager for John, Brandi Turney would make every attempt to develop a rapport with him. Brandi would give maximum effort to meeting his immediate needs. Since John is frequently hospitalized due to cold weather exposure, Brandi would work to have John admitted to a hospital, if he was in need of medical care. This would temporarily get John off of the streets and allow Mrs. Turney the opportunity to make other housing accommodations.

2. How does John’s...
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