Event Title

Developing a Community Plan to Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect in Rural Southern California

Presenter Information

Nelly Zambrano

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

College

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Major

School of Social Work

Session Number

1

Location

RM 217

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Deidre Lanesskog

Juror Names

Dr. Meredith Conroy, Dr. Cherstin Lyon, Dr. Geraldine Fike

Start Date

5-17-2018 1:00 PM

End Date

5-17-2018 1:15 PM

Abstract

The goal of this project is to identify and mobilize resources to reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system in a rural Southern California community. The project brings together a variety of community leaders and human services professionals to examine the factors that propel children into the system in this isolated community and to pinpoint existing resources that may be better leveraged to ensure the well-being of the community’s children. The project’s focuses on identifying and maximizing resources already available in this community, rather than on the scarcity of resources or services. Parents and social workers often must travel to long distance to access services out of the town. Yet, there are some services available in the rural areas and additional social capital can be used as a good alternative or substitute for the absent services. The child welfare social workers can use the social capital to support families and children especially in the early stages of a child abuse investigation. Although rural areas have many challenges, there are still favorable conditions and opportunities to support new practices and the goal of this research project is to leverage the creativity, generosity, and close relationships of rural residents to support families at risk of neglect and abuse. This project uses a community based participatory approach designed to help a community organization identify the community’s needs and available resources, and to establish a plan of action for reducing the number of children who enter the child welfare system.

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May 17th, 1:00 PM May 17th, 1:15 PM

Developing a Community Plan to Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect in Rural Southern California

RM 217

The goal of this project is to identify and mobilize resources to reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system in a rural Southern California community. The project brings together a variety of community leaders and human services professionals to examine the factors that propel children into the system in this isolated community and to pinpoint existing resources that may be better leveraged to ensure the well-being of the community’s children. The project’s focuses on identifying and maximizing resources already available in this community, rather than on the scarcity of resources or services. Parents and social workers often must travel to long distance to access services out of the town. Yet, there are some services available in the rural areas and additional social capital can be used as a good alternative or substitute for the absent services. The child welfare social workers can use the social capital to support families and children especially in the early stages of a child abuse investigation. Although rural areas have many challenges, there are still favorable conditions and opportunities to support new practices and the goal of this research project is to leverage the creativity, generosity, and close relationships of rural residents to support families at risk of neglect and abuse. This project uses a community based participatory approach designed to help a community organization identify the community’s needs and available resources, and to establish a plan of action for reducing the number of children who enter the child welfare system.