ERIC Number: ED171480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Human Services for Mexican-American Children.
Tijerina, Andres A., Comp.
A compilation of five readings uses the Chicano perspective to analyze the interaction between Mexican American families, their children, and the institutions charged with the child welfare concerns of the society, and to attempt to reverse the existing negative and destructive views that lead to insensitive and ineffective services. A variety of strategies are suggested for policy makers and practitioners charged with serving the needs of Mexican American families and children: an eclectic approach to casework practice; emphasis on bilingual communication skills; awareness of ethnicity; and individualization of all interactions. Andres Tijerina provides a brief historical account of the patterns of strength and cultural loyalty of the Mexican American family. Guadalupe Gibson presents an overview of the child welfare concerns of Mexican Americans and the problems encountered by those who try to serve them. Marta Sotomayor addresses the critical issues in human service delivery to migrant families and children. Alexander Zaphiris examines the importance of protective service workers being cognizant of family cultural factors when working with abusive parents. Enrique Pena reviews the basis of court intervention and judicial process and the legal rights of children and parents. (NEC)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Welfare, Civil Liberties, Court Litigation, Delivery Systems, Essays, Ethnicity, Family (Sociological Unit), Family Structure, Health Services, Human Services, Juvenile Courts, Legal Aid, Mexican Americans, Migrant Welfare Services, Migrants, Social Services, Welfare Services
Center for Social Work Research, School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin, 2609 University Avenue, Austin, Texas 78712 ($4.00; make checks payable to University of Texas)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas State Dept. of Human Resources, Austin.
Authoring Institution: N/A