The more cultural awareness that a worker had the more of a client’s humanity could be seen. However in 1997 there were not many individuals that had a broad cultural experience.
I think that their lack of awareness was also part of the time.
It was a strange thing to observe of how you could make functional people less functional by stripping them of their cultural identity. In 1997 the world of CPS did not allow a lot of autonomy for either workers or parents. There was a cookie cutter approach to CPS and a one size fits all forms of case management. There was an illusion of living in a colorblind world where all theory was created equal and it could apply to all of humanity. That lens created an illusionary world for those working in CPS. You could fail to take an internal look at who you were and what you were doing. The illusion allowed you to be blind to what was gong on and how much pain you might be causing.
The lens that a worker has is influenced not just by the facts of the case but also by the issues in their lives.
That desire to do minimum harm was my core principle throughout my career. The lens that I used to make decisions was “can I keep this child safe in this family”. My view would be called a family centered view or a strength perspective. Part of understanding CPS is to understand the lens that the various people involved have when they are looking at a case. I digress yes the excitement was intense.