The purpose of this exploratory study was to explore the experiences and perceptions family preservation workers have had working with Latino families in the family preservation program at the Belvedere and Corporate offices at the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles County. Interviews were conducted with 15 family preservation children's social workers. Respondents reported that their job entailed ensuring the safety and well-being of children, providing family maintenance services, referring and connecting families to community agencies and services, and visiting families and children. In regard to the benefits of family preservation to Latino families, all respondents reported that family preservation services help Latino families access services in the community, be independent, identify problems early, and empower them to resolve their own problems. Further, respondents reported that family preservation services enhance Latino family functioning by building on family strengths. Implications for multicultural social work are addressed.
|Advisor:||Andejo, Estela, Lam, Brian|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
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