Sexism and Classism

 In this week’s discussion, we are communicating how a family who has sensitivities within their culture have an impact on the social policy of child welfare. We are to describe the duties of encouraging the Hernandez family by handling the young person’s need in the family by extending social welfare policies.  Families with a diverse background have an impact on the child welfare policy because they have a difference within their cultural existence.  Culturally, the child welfare policy does not adhere to their difference of parental upbringings, family rules, and just beliefs per the Department of Health & Human Services the absence of cultural competence from a child welfare professional stricken the means of effectively assisting the people who the child welfare policy is set in place to protect (childwelfare.gov).  The influence of a family who has difference culturally provides education, awareness, and knowledge to the social worker.   Cultural matters will affect the child welfare policy because the social worker will need to address their case with the expertise and mindfulness of the parent’s philosophy. 

For instance, a child welfare worker cannot treat a family who believes that the professional is there to negatively impact their family due to the viewpoint of their traditional upbringing.  The child welfare (social worker) will have to become educated with that particular families culture by asking questions, doing research within the child welfare policy to address the difference. By practicing with the knowledge of the cultural difference, the child welfare policy will need to be revised to adhere to that part of the community. The child welfare policy will then need to recognize how to handle the cases with the cultural difference (childwelfare.gov). 

As a social work practitioner assisting the Hernandez family responsibilities will be to attend to the identified challenges of financial means by referring the family to an expert who handles careful planning (budget) and relates to family counseling (separate at first and then together).  In addressing the Hernandez family with the referral, the strength perspective approach will part of the intervention. Affirming that there is a positive force within their family from the parent(s) wanting to provide for the children adequately is a major strong suit. In that strong suit of the parents wanting to succeed in supporting the family entails that there is love for one another, and the strength perspective will bring that in range while in therapy (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2016). 

Adams,  M., Blumenfeld, W. J., Castaneda, C., Catalano, D. C. J., DeJong, K., Hackman, H. W,… Zuniga,  X. (Eds.). (2018). Readings for diversity and social justice (4th ed.).  New York, NY: Routledge Press.
Chapter 46, (pp. 264-265)
Chapter 52, (pp. 298-301)
Chapter 49, (pp. 275-278)
Chapter 58, (pp. 319-321)
Chapter 60, (pp. 325-328)

Required Media

Mogahed, D. (2016, February). What do you think when you look at me [Video file].

Phelp-Roper, M. (2017, February). I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s why I left [Video file].

 Submit your response to those resources and analyze what you think is the role of religion in reinforcing sexism, classism, and racism. As a social worker, how can you address these issues on a micro and macro level? 

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