DCF official paper - Damiah Wigfall 7.24.11 EN130 DC...

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Damiah Wigfall 7.24.11 EN130 DC Journal Department of Children and Families I have chosen to do my Discourse Community (DC) on the Department of Children and Families (DCF). The reason I decided to do this is because it is something that am I very familiar with. My mother is actually a foster parent and now she has custody of my two little cousins. They are both boys ages 8 and 10 years old. Although I know a little bit about this discourse community there are many new things that I have found out during my research. The Department of Children and Families was created to protect children from abuse, neglect, and to help strengthen their families. This group is located across the country in all of the United States. Each state has their own name but, they are all serving the same purpose, and shared interests and that is to protect our children. There are many social workers, family resource workers, therapists, psychologists, lawyers, investigators in this field. Since my mother is a foster parent the social workers, therapists, and family resource workers are in and out of our house constantly. The social worker comes to check on the well being of the children at least once a month. The family resource worker is at our house a different time to check on the whole family at least once a month. The children have lawyers to represent them and she is at our house every other month. Our whole life has changed since my mother has become a foster parent because she always has to rush home for a meeting of some sort with someone regarding the children. I know this is because of the best interest of the children but it does get tiring and overwhelming at times. DCF
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has become an essential part of our lives. It is important to DCF to ensure that the children are happy and safe. There are quite a few DCF offices in each state. Each office is responsible for certain parts of the city or cities nearest to them. This group works together constantly and is in out of homes everyday. Many children are taken away from their parents because of neglect, child abuse, sexual abuse and many other things. DCF can step in when they feel that it is unsafe for a child to remain in the home. Social workers spend a majority of their time visiting homes and foster homes to ensure that children are safe. DCF staff interact with each other by having meetings and corroborating their stories and writing reports. Social workers have to work with the lawyers to inform them of the well being of the children. Lawyers and social workers work with the court to inform the judge if they believe it is safe or if it is time for the children to return home. Therapists work with social workers to inform them of the mental status of the children. Everyone has to work together in order to come up with a plan that s best for the child. It is like one big circle, you go around and
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