Application Exercise 2 (Case Study -A Family in Need)
She returned to the agency the evening of the following day. The school had sent a note home with her youngest boy asking that she come for a conference the next day. School concerns focused on hygiene. This evening the young woman shared her concerns.
She was hiding from her husband and living in a school bus with no running water. She had made curtains, bought blankets and pillows for bedding, washed the kids in a nearby gas station bathroom, and bought food from the local small store. The kids had not had a hot meal in a long while. They used candlelight at night to read and study.
Two fears emerged, one that her husband would find her and that authorities would take away her children. She was nervous because a news reporter had knocked on her door the day before. He was following a lead that a family was living in an abandoned bus downtown. The threat of media exposure or school difficulties made her seek help.
a. Identify 4 issues in this case that represent current social issues or human service trends.
b. Describe services that can be provided, explaining how these services address the “new” trends.
c. Discuss your overall reaction to this case as it relates to your reading and understanding of chapter 3
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