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FAMILY SYSTEMSFamily SystemsMisti BurneyGrand Canyon University: SOC-386January 10, 20201
FAMILY SYSTEMSFamily SystemsIn the case study “Using a Family Systems Approach with an Adoptive Family of a Child with Special Needs,” the Laurent family is discussed. In this family dynamic, the father Andre and mother Marie Clothilde, adopts Marie Clothilde’s extended nephew, Michel, after a disastrous earthquake hits Haiti, killing Michel’s entire family. Both Andre and Marie Clothilde are immigrants from Haiti with Andre being in the country longer than Marie Clothilde, making him more fluent in English and more experienced with the school system in the Boston area they reside in. Michel, new to the country, is dealing with his feelings from his recent loss of his entire family and his transition to a new country. He has also been diagnosed with post-traumaticstress disorder due to the recent events he has experienced. A new family system, the microsystem, is created in the adoption of Michel. Andre and Marie Clothilde go from being a couple to a family unit with a few different family subsystems.