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    I need guidance on addressing a different sociocultural family than I presented in a previous assignment. (For example, the previous assignment was on the homelessness among African Americans and Its Impact on children and youth of ages 7-18 years old. This assignment will address Homeless among Hispanic Americans and Its Impact on children ages 7-18. I have to conduct a brief review of national data for the selected Hispanic population groups using the national data sources indicated below.(U.S. Census Bureau). What would you consider the normative behavior for this selected population by age, gender, and cultural group. Also describe nonnormative behavior or development conflicts for the selected sample population. Which theory in human services do you align with or would work well for this selected population group? How would you describe the approach in working with this family system and address the following points in your discussion: Although hypothetical how would you address these issues.
    (a)In what ways does your theoretical choice reflect your values, beliefs, and assumptionsabout the nature of human beings, psychological well-being, sources of stress and conflict, and the process of change?
    (b)What experiences have led you to embrace this particular theoretical approach (academic training, workshops, books, internship settings, work with specific family population groups)?
    (c)Compare and contrast similarities and differences for the population groups of Homeless African Americans and Its Impact on children and youth of ages 7-18 years old with Homeless among Hispanic Americans and Its impact on children 7-18 years of age. What are unique opportunities and challenges of working with family clients from the selected cultural background (Hispanic). What ethical considerations need to be addressed?

    U.S. Census Bureau: Subjects A-Z.
    U.S. Census Bureau: The 2010 Statistical Abstract.

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    The solution below should get you started. This focuses on Hispanic Americans. Other sources have also been listed. If you have any questions, just let me know via the feedback section. Good luck with your studies.

    OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

    Homelessness: Hispanic American Families & Youths

    Homelessness is the state of being without adequate, safe, fixed & regular dwelling. A house/home is that place of abode that offers shelter, sanctuary, for both the mind and body. Access to this is decided by economic and social circumstances. But shelter and accommodation is one of the most basic needs that human beings need to fulfil as in so doing, they will allow a place of safety wherein they can continue the task of living sheltered from the risk posed by the elements and other dangers. There are some who spend their nights in shelters as their primary night-time residence. For whatever reason - domestic violence, poverty - the fact that they have no access to regular housing renders them homeless. Being homeless is an emotionally, physically and mentally difficult position. Lucky formerly homeless individuals talk about the beatings, while women talk about rape, about being subjected to elements of criminality, of going for days without food, sleeping under bridges and street corners without any hope for survival and the future. For many, suicide becomes a far more palatable option and survival is a tough proposition as will slips them by. The conditions that require one to get out of the state of homelessness are both political and social - they need to have access to a phone, an address, clean clothes, food and the right papers to get them to qualify for assistance and possible employment. This is a tough enough proposition for the adult who are homeless; this kind of condition then would be much tougher on children and young adults. Add to these elements of cultural and racial difference and the position of homeless Hispanic Americans appear terribly hopeless and daunting. The US Census bureau reports that in 2008, there were over 10,987,000 Hispanic American youths and children living below the poverty line. Without assisted housing, government and private sector assistance, a number of these children will fall through the cracks and become homeless. A report by CNN (2009) shares that 1 out of 50 kids in the US become homeless every year and with the hope pinned on economic recovery, some of these homeless children, either with their parents or abandoned by them will stay in that condition for awhile until help comes their way.

    The US Census Bureau reports that since 2007, about 3.5 million people in the US are subjected to varying degrees of homelessness. Of this, 40% are families with kids and the most alarming thing is that this is the fastest growing homeless segment. About 150,000 of these are chronically homeless since 2007 - having never found the opportunity to get back to a state of being 'homed', to find jobs and opportunities that can lead them out of being homeless. 13% of these are Hispanic Americans and of these 13%, a huge proportion are families with children.34% of ...

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    The 2,012-word solution provides an expansive look, guidance and discussion on the topic of Homelessness among Hispanic Americans and its impact upon children and youth as befits what is asked of the original problem (see task above). It uses a variety of sources including data from the US Census Bureau and a host of reports and case studies that exemplify and investigate homelessness among this particular populace. References are listed for further exploration of the topic. A word version is also attached.