The Voices of Families and Social Workers in the Family Reunification System.
Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations ; 480
Bernal, Gladys Rocio.
California State University, San Bernardino.
viii, 50 p.
Published: June 2017
Pfau Library California State University, San Bernardino 5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407
This paper discusses the findings of a research project that explored the perceptions of professional service needs from four county social workers and four parents seeking reunification at Walden Family Services in San Bernardino. This study gathered the professional perspective and personal opinions of social workers that worked closely with parents who are attempting to reunify with their children and the perspective of parents going through the process of attempting to reunify. The study found there is a discrepancy in the way that social workers and parent view their experience working with each other and the services provided. The two central themes that emerged during the study were the emphasis both groups placed on the importance of communication and recognition of systemic barriers that prevent parents and social workers to be successful. Recommendations for social work practice, policy, and research are made. 9 references.
SOCIAL WORKERS ROLE; PARENTAL ADVOCACY; PARENTAL ROLE; FAMILY REUNIFICATION; FOSTER CARE; NEEDS ASSESSMENT; QUALITATIVE RESEARCH; PROFESSIONAL SERVICES; DATA COLLECTION; WORKER CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS; COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUES; BARRIERS