Child Abuse and Culture: Working with Diverse Families by Lisa Aronson Fontes

By Lisa Aronson Fontes

This expertly written e-book presents an available framework for culturally efficient perform with childrens and households in baby maltreatment circumstances. a number of attainable techniques and urban examples are provided to assist readers handle cultural matters at each one degree of the review and intervention technique. execs and scholars research new methods of wondering their very own cultural viewpoints as they achieve serious abilities for maximizing the accuracy of exams for actual and sexual abuse; overcoming language boundaries in mother or father and baby interviews; respecting households' values and ideology whereas making sure kid's safeguard; making a welcoming service provider setting; and more.

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It is important to ask the caretakers what they have been doing—they may be engaged in an elaborate process to help a child recover that is invisible to us because it does not conform to the usual practices of our own culture. Considering Issues of Language For clients who are unaccustomed to speaking Standard English, encounters related to child maltreatment intervention have an extra layer of tension. Imagine how hard it is for a child or adult who is accustomed to speaking African American Vernacular English (formerly called Black English) or Spanish or any other language who is approached by an authority around a threatening topic and expected to respond in a language that is not the language of his or her heart.

I empathize with the officer’s frustration. An encounter with a police officer is not an opportunity to practice language skills. Anything less than providing the best possible police protection to all residents is discriminatory, possibly illegal, and certainly not compassionate. Lack of telephones and transportation also isolates many low-income immigrant children from potential sources of support. Children who live in neighborhoods marred by crime and violence may not be allowed to visit friends and relatives, even if they live within walking distance.

Thoughts come into her head in her family’s intimate vocabulary, and she strains to translate those ideas into the accepted form expected in public conversation. She expects that her usual facility with language will be available to her when she begins to speak in public. Instead, there are cold, metal sounds bouncing off her teeth, the act of translation cooling the passion of the thought. . The continual disappointment with the master discourse creates a shroud that covers every utterance with a doubt about its worthiness.

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