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PROTECTIVE FACTORS IN PRACTICE – SCENARIO 1

Karin, a first-time, 17-year-old mother, has recently been through a child protective services (CPS) investigation for allegations of physical abuse of her 5-month-old daughter, Dakota. Karin informed the CPS worker that Dakota was born prematurely but has gained weight. She is trying to roll over and is starting to make noises. Karin said that Dakota cries a lot and does not sleep for more than a few hours at a time. She has difficulty trying to calm Dakota. Karin is exhausted because she generally takes care of her daughter by herself. 

The allegation of abuse was not substantiated by CPS, but Karin voluntarily agreed to participate in a Healthy Families America (HFA) home visiting program to help her with her new parenting role. HFA provided Karin with some new strategies for how to care for Dakota. They also invited her to participate in teen parent support group meetings and assessed Karin and her daughter to determine what other services they may need. 

Which Protective Factors Are Present In The Scenario?

 

 

 

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