Discuss Ethical Case Study

Application of Ethical Decision Model Case Study Paper

1. In the body of your paper, which should be at least 3 pages, you will: i. Apply the Step-Wise Model of ethical decision-making model designed by Forester-Miller and Davis (1996). Utilize the Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals for step 2. Refer to pages 159-165 for assistance with the model. ii. Address how the ethical dilemma within the case study involves any of the following foundational values: autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence, fidelity and justice. 2. The case study paper should reflect the quality of a professional in the helping field. This includes the thoroughness, accuracy, depth, relatedness, logical reasoning and the degree to which supports the examined points. Grammar and references are important. The case study paper should be written using the current APA format as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th Ed) (2019). Any references used must be cited in APA format.

Case Study

Lauren is a social work intern placed at a local Family Services Agency. Over the course of the last six months, she has worked with Ana Rodriguez to reunify her with her three children, ages 11, 4, and 3. Ana (age 28) is the mother of Taina (age 11), Cedric (age 4), and Angel (age 3). The children were removed to foster care when charges of neglect were substantiated. This was the third report of neglect, but first time proven true. Cedric and Angel were placed in separate foster homes, and Taina stayed with Ana’s sister. Ana’s drug addiction limited her ability to care for children, who were found to be living in squalid conditions. While the children were in foster care, Ana made a concerted effort to have the children returned to her care. She entered and completed a drug treatment program, and claims now to be “completely drug free.” Ana entered similar programs twice before; this is the first time she completed a program. The children were reunified with their mother two months ago. Ana has been drug-free for a number of months and is meeting the minimum standards of care for her children. Ana was informed any future investigations in claims of neglect or substance abuse could result in immediate removal of the children, with more stringent procedures for reunification.

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In the field internship seminar, social work interns were exchanging information about their cases. An intern placed in a local junior high school asked her peers for advice about the group she is running. Taking precautions to change the names and identifying details of the group members, the intern spoke about “Mary’” fears about her family being broken up again “after they just got back together.” Her mother isn’t “doin’ the bad drugs anymore, but she smokes pot with her boyfriend in the apartment.” “Mary” tells the group that her mother told her “not to say nothing to nobody” if she doesn’t want to split up the family. “Mary” doesn’t want her mother’ social worker to find out about the drug use.

Lauren, the intern working at the Family Services site, realizes that the client being described is the daughter of her client, Carla. Ana has adamantly denied any drug use and always appears “straight” at the time of the agency visits. Lauren has no firsthand evidence to suggest that Anais using drugs. Lauren wonders what to do with this information.