North Hennepin Community College Family and Social Environment Discussion

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Section A. 

www.childstats.gov/

This web site offers easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education. The Forum fosters coordination, collaboration, and integration of Federal efforts to collect and report data on conditions and trends for children and family.

 At this web-site   Click on the large button titled:

VIEW THE 2020 REPORT

Choose 2 links on the left — each link has many sub fields. Questions

For each link–identify it and summarize what you find

For each link–list two facts that you find interesting and relate these facts to how we view and treat children.   Relate how this might affect delinquency.

Section B

Children’s Defense Fund 

This site has a wealth of information.

Scroll down to the State of America’s Children on this page or use the link to the left.  Then, click the link State by State Fact Sheets;  find Minnesota; view that fact sheet.  Click one other state, and view that fact sheet.

Questions

Identify the other state.

How do the two states compare? Pick 4 different areas that are the same in each state and see how they are similar or different. Report your findings.

  1. Anything surprise you?    Now, go back to the State of America’s Children page;  scroll down to the labeled photos to find information to answer in these areas:
  2. Overview

Moments in America

Child Poverty

Income and Wealth Inequality

Early Childhood

Youth Justice

Gun Violence

                                                          Questions

Summarize what you found in each area; be sure to identify that area.

List 2 facts that you didn’t know.

What surprised you?                            Assignment Two
Your Family Experience
10 PointsSubmit to the DropboxThink of your own family situation when you were growing up.  Questions

Did birth order or family size play a role in how you were raised?   How?

Discuss the different parenting and discipline styles.   Which one(s) did your parents use?   Were they effective?   Why or why not?   Use information from notes and text.

Discuss the link between discipline and delinquency. (See textbook)

How did social class, race or your gender play a role in how you were raised?

  1. In what ways did your family help prevent you from becoming delinquent?
  2. Identify and discuss the four categories of family dysfunction that promote delinquent behavior.
  3. What family situations did you experience which potentially could have promoted delinquency on your part?

As a parent, how would you go about trying to prevent your children from becoming delinquent?

  • Assignment Three
    10 PointsPost your answers to the Assignments link.Section A Children and Family Services ProtectionGo this web-site and answer the following questions.State of Minnesota Department of Human Services 
  • Click on each of  the four links starting with “What is Considered Neglect in Minnesota.”  After reading that page, return to the original page, and read the next three links.
  • Click the link that says “Child Safety and Permanency.” 
  • Now, do a general search using Google with these search terms:  Minnesota Statues on Child Abuse and Neglect.  
  • You will need to read the first four links to get the information needed to answer the questions.Questions
  • How many children were abused and neglected in Minnesota?
  • What is considered abuse and neglect in Minnesota? What do the statutes say?
  • Who are the mandated reporters?

How do you make a claim?

What other things did you find?

According to your text, what is the relationship between abuse, neglect and delinquency?

Using your text, what are the causes of child abuse and neglect?

  1. What did these two Supreme Court cases decide:  Lassiter vs Department of Social Services;  and Santosky verse Kramer?
  2. What does a guardian ad litem refer to?
  3. What are the findings of the Cycle of Violence, according to your text?                                     Assignment Four
    5 PointsAnswer all three questions in the appropriate discussion group. Respond to two of your classmates.On July 1 , 1979, Sweden became the first nation to prohibit corporal punishment of children by their parents.   The Swedish Parenthood and Guardianship Code was amended to provide:   “A child may not be subjected to corporal punishment or other injurious or humiliating treatment”.   The new Swedish law is distinctive because it allows greater intrusion into family life than the laws of other countries that have considered the relationship between corporal punishment and child abuse specifically and children’s rights generally.Questions

What do you think?   Should the United States ban corporal punishment?   Remember what you have read about the effects of corporal punishment.

We have to have a license to practice in many professions.   Should we license parents?    Should we require that parents have to go through certain training?

Do courts act in the best interest of the child when they allow an abused child to remain in the family?   Is family reunification always the best policy?                     Assignment Five
8 Points Post your answer to the Assignments Link.Go to Safe Harbor Minnesota, then answer the following:Questions

In 2014 Minnesota passed legislation to exclude sexually exploited youth, under 18, from the definition of delinquent child, why is this important?

What does No Wrong Door refer to?

If one suspects someone is being sexually exploited or trafficked who should one contact?

Now, use Google and search for OJJDP Commercial Sexual Exploitation; scroll down to OJJDP Materials and read Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children/Sex Trafficking Literature Review; then answer the following:Questions

What does the U.S. Trafficking Victim Protection Act of 2000 define as sex trafficking?

What are some of the a) risk factors, b) characteristics and c) effects of CSEC and Sex Trafficked Children?

Identify some of the Pathways to Commercial Ex exploitation of children.

What do Safe Harbor Laws do?                             

                                                 Assignment 6                       Answer all three questions in this discussion group; also, respond to two of your classmates. On July 1 , 1979, Sweden became the first nation to prohibit corporal punishment of children by their parents. The Swedish Parenthood and Guardianship Code was amended to provide: “A child may not be subjected to corporal punishment or other injurious or humiliating treatment”. The new Swedish law is distinctive because it allows greater intrusion into family life than the laws of other countries that have considered the relationship between corporal punishment and child abuse specifically and children’s rights generally. Questions What do you think? Should the United States ban corporal punishment? Remember what you have read about the effects of corporal punishment. We have to have a license to practice in many professions. Should we license parents? Should we require that parents have to go through certain training? Do courts act in the best interest of the child when they allow an abused child to remain in the family? Is family reunification always the best policy?   

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