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 Presenting in the Scenario?
Select the correct answers below.
Incorrect. How could Karin be more nurturing to Dakota?
Correct. Karin was able to describe Dakota’s development and discuss the child’s behavior/temperament. However, she still needed to learn how to pick up on Dakota’s cues.
Correct. Karin was open to receiving help; additionally, parental resilience will increase as she participates in the HFA home visiting program and the teen parent support group.
Correct. Karin was referred to HFA and a teen parent support group.
Correct. Karin was referred to HFA and a teen parent support group. Additionally, she is being assessed for other needs. Learn more about support for families.
Incorrect. How can Karin better understand Dakota's cues and needs?