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Discussion: The Impact of Social PolicySocial policies can have a significant impact on individuals and families, as well as the organizations and agencies that implement the policies. In some cases, the policy, as written, appears comprehensive and effective. Yet, despite appearances, the policy might fail to be effective as a result of improper implementation, interpretation, and/or application of the policy. As a social worker, how might you reduce the potential negative impact faulty social policies might have on organizations and agencies, as well as the populations you serve?For this Discussion, review this week’s resources, including cases “Working with Immigrants and Refugees: The Case of Luisa” and “Social Work Policy: Benefit Administration and Provision.” Then, select either of the cases and consider how the social welfare policies presented in the case influenced the problems facing Luisa or Tessa. Finally, think about how policies affect social agencies and how social workers work with clients such as Tessa or Luisa.Post by Day 3 an explanation of the effects of the social welfare policies presented in the case study you selected on Luisa or Tessa. Be specific and reference the case study you selected in your post. Finally, explain how policies affect social agencies and how social workers work with clients, such as Tessa or Luisa.Support your post with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.

The impact of social policy
The impact of social policy Social Work Policy: Benefit Administration and
Tessa is a 45-year-old, divorced, Filipina female who came to the
Department of Human Services seeking assistance. I was asked to see her
because she was denied services by the Division of Family Development. She is
homeless and in need of mental health treatment for post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD) but has no insurance or funds to pay for the services. She also
reported that she has experienced domestic violence. Tessa reported that she
was brought to this state from another state by an underground network for
women who have experienced domestic violence and are still at risk for
violence. Tessa stated that she was formerly married to a high-ranking officer in
the military. The Division of Family Development denied her application
because she refused to disclose her legal name and Social Security number. She
fears that if her name is entered into any system, her ex-husband will locate her
and kill her. Tessa carries a binder containing photographs of the injuries that
she sustained during the final year of her marriage. The photos are graphic and
depict severe facial bruising. There is medical documentation indicating that her
orbital bone was fractured and both of her kneecaps were broken when her ex-
husband struck her with a baseball bat. Her former husband was found guilty of
domestic violence and ordered to undergo a substance abuse treatment program
for his alcoholism. This program satisfied the requirements set forth by the
military and Child Protective Services (CPS). Once the program was completed,
Tessa was court ordered to bring Maria, her 5-year-old daughter, to him for
visitation. Tessa began to see signs that her ex-husband was sexually abusing
Maria during these unsupervised visits. She approached CPS with her concerns,
but they found no evidence to substantiate this allegation. Under the visitation
agreement, Tessa was not permitted to leave the state, but she ignored the order
and moved to another state with Maria. She was subsequently located by the
authorities, and the child was removed and returned to her home state. To her
knowledge, Maria is now in the care of her paternal grandparents. Presently,
Tessa is staying at the home of a member of a local church that is connected to
the domestic violence network. She is unable to remain in this home indefinitely
and has been told that she must find her own home and begin the process of
establishing herself independently. Tessa is deeply saddened and worried about
Maria’s safety. She has been advised to legally change her name and apply for a
new Social Security number to protect her from future assaults by her exhusband. This would also allow her to apply for benefits, but Tessa is unwilling
to do this because she has been advised by her attorney that once her name has
been changed, she must give up all contact and hope of reuniting with Maria. In
our state, the computer system used by the Division of Family Development is
designed to conceal the identities of women who have experienced intimate
partner violence as a means to protect them. I advised Tessa of this and
informed her that her legal name and Social Security number is a requirement
for benefit approval. Tessa continues to refuse to share this information because
she does not believe that the computer controls will limit access for a highranking military officer. In order to address her concerns, I contacted the office
of the commissioner of the Department of Human Services to inquire whether
the system is able to prevent access by a high-ranking military officer with
connections to the government. I was told that this could not be guaranteed. I
worked out an alternative solution with the state using a pseudonym until the
issue of an identity change could be resolved for Tessa. Tessa received the cash
benefits and housing grant, began mental health counseling, and found an
apartment. She eventually was assigned a new identity with the understanding
that she could not continue her search for Maria.
Working With Immigrants and Refugees: The Case of Luisa.
Luisa is a 36-year-old, married, Latino female who immigrated to the
United States from Colombia. She speaks only Spanish, so a translator must be
used for communication. She came to the United States on a visa, but remained
beyond the allotted time. While in the United States, she met and married Hugo,
who was in the country with documentation. Once Luisa married Hugo, she
became pregnant with a daughter, who is now 3 years old. Luisa has a 10-yearold son named Juan in Colombia. Luisa has always had the desire to reunite
with Juan and bring him to the United States to live with her. After her marriage
and status change, she began the process of sponsoring Juan. She has been
advised that in order for sponsorship to be achieved, she cannot receive welfare
benefits because she needs to prove that she can support herself and her child.
Luisa came to the local welfare agency after she and her daughter entered the
domestic violence shelter. She reported that Hugo had a history of violence,
which was exacerbated when he drank alcohol. Hugo had been drinking more
frequently, and the episodes of violence had increased in severity. The domestic
violence program requires all residents to apply for any available benefits in
order to remain enrolled in their services. In one particular episode, Hugo
almost fractured her orbital bones. She had extensive facial bruising and blood
pooled in one eye. Luisa is quite fearful of Hugo. She is also financially
dependent on him. She is reluctant to apply for benefits because she fears that
this will compromise her ability to sponsor her son in Colombia. She is tearful
and tells me that she cannot sacrifice her son’s opportunity to come to the
United States. Luisa is socially isolated because she has no family in the United
States, and Hugo has restricted her ability to socialize and establish friendships.
However, she is a practicing Catholic and does belong to a church that offers
bilingual services. Luisa began to discuss returning to Hugo because she felt
that this was her only viable option. I advised her that under the new federal
changes in immigration laws she might be allowed to apply for benefits and still
sponsor her son because she is experiencing domestic violence. I explained that
we would need to speak to an immigration lawyer to verify this, but it could
possibly be an alternative to returning to Hugo. Luisa reported that she had
given money to lawyers in the past who had been unhelpful. She was suspicious
of the law’s ability to protect her. Hugo had also threatened to report her to the
authorities, stating that he would tell them she only married him to remain in the
country. Although this is not true, she feared that he would do this, and she
would never see her daughter again. I offered to speak with someone at the
domestic violence program and advocate that they allow her some time to
research her options. I told Luis that these were difficult decisions to make and
that she would be supported in her decision. I told her that she knew what was
best for her family. I offered to research the options that she might have under
this new federal program. I also asked for permission to contact the priest at her
church so that she might be able to review her situation with a religious leader
in the community. Luisa agreed. Two weeks later, Luisa applied for services on
behalf of her daughter and herself. She has decided not to return to Hugo.
References: •
Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. (Eds.). (2014).
Social work case studies: Foundation year. Baltimore: MD: Laureate
InternationalUniversities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader]. • o “ Social
Work Policy: Benefit Administration and Provision” (pp. 75– 76)
o “ Working with Immigrants and Refugees: The Case of Luisa” (pp.
79– 80)•

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