Victoria Jones Essay

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Midterm Assignment - Victoria Jones Richard Kirkwood University of Southern California SOWK -Fall 2013 Professor Dodson October 27, 2013 Midterm Assignment - Victoria Jones Case Description Identifying Information: Victoria Jones is a 20-year-old white female emancipated from the state of California’s foster care system. Her biological parents abandoned her at birth, her exact date, and location of birth is unknown. Court records approximated her age at the time of her court proceedings as 3 weeks of age and her date of birth as August 1, 1993. She was under supervised care of her court appointed social worker Meredith Combs until she aged out of the system at 18. At 10-years-old, she was labeled a “Level 14” status for children considered unadoptable. At 18-years-old she had no high school diploma, and transferred to the Gathering House a transitional group home for young women in the Lower Haight neighborhood in San Francisco, California. Given 12 weeks to find employment, evicted for not fulfilling her obligation in finding employment, she ends up alone and homeless in McKinley Square with no support. Victoria reluctantly became involved in a relationship with Grant, a young man from her childhood past. She broke off the relationship when she felt that she could not commit to his love for her, and after discovering she was pregnant with his child. Presenting Issues: Victoria is apprehensive, about her recent reunion with her boyfriend Grant, and her daughter Hazel who is not quite a year old after she abandoned Hazel in Grant’s care shortly after her birth. The reunion also includes Elizabeth, her former foster mother and Grant’s aunt whom she has not had seen or had contact with since she was 10 years old. She is still haunted by memories of her past, most notably the life she shared
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