Christina and her family wish to successfully reunite despite the abuse that occurred in the past. The abuse was brought to the attention of Child Welfare by a teacher who noticed bruises on Christina. The fact that Christina was reluctant to discuss the bruises made the situation all the more suspicious and thus resulted in reporting the situation to Child Welfare. At this point, both the parents and Christina have stated they want their family to eventually be reunited. This is the broad goal that will be used as a starting point by the agency. The purpose of this discussion is to develop a goal plan for Christina and her family that emphasizes family reunification. There are four main points that this plan must address: goal objectives, strengths of the family, target dates of goals and interventions that will be used. In order to address these points the discussion will be split into 4 sections and each of the points will be addressed in a separate section.
Goal and Objectives
Client: Christina and her family
Goal A: Christina and her family will be reunified as evidenced by:
Objective 1: Christina and her family will attend all counseling sessions.
Objective 2: Christina’s safety will be maintained; no evidence of abuse.
Goal B: Christina will be more socially interactive:
Objective 1: Christina will attend all designated group counseling sessions.
Objective 2: Christina will attend selected camp at least twice a week.
Objective 3: Christina will interact with at least one person during each session.
Strengths of Christina and Her Family
One of the major strengths Christina and her family have is other family members that care and are involved. This is evident by the fact that Christina was placed with her aunt rather than in fostercare. Family members, like the Aunt, can provide Christina’s family with support during the reunification process. One aspect of family reunification is family engagement activities. This includes incorporating the birth families of the child in the planning and decision-making process, and encouraging the foster parent to support the birth parents. Placement of Christina with her Aunt increases the likelihood of the parents receiving support. Gaining the Aunt’s support will facilitate reunification and the family’s goal of reuniting (Family Reunification: What the Evidence Shows, 2011).
Christina’s strengths derive from her personal characteristics. Christina has been described as a good student, who is extremely shy and quiet. Being shy and quiet is not necessarily bad. Her good stature as a student and quietness most likely means she is well behaved at school. In Christina’s case, highly delinquent behavior is most likely not an issue. She also happens to be particularly good at math and science. This could be potentially be a point of interest to Christina and could be used as a venue to get her into activities that pertain to those subjects.
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