Puerto Rican Cultural Influences in Child Placement: A Study of the Background of Six Puerto Rican Families Referred for Evaluation by the Children's Placement Service to the Child Placement Prevention Unit of Catholic Charities of New York, 1946
During the last few years social agencies have been concerned with establishing services which will lead to the maintance of family unity and as a result the prevention of child placement. Studies have demonstrated that there is no substitute for a child’s own hone. Jesus Christ established marriage as a Sacrament and declared it as durable until death. It is in the child’s own heme that his spiritual, physical and onotional development can be best obtained. Recognizing the great necessity for services which will led to the prevention of a great number of placement, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York established two projects with the help of the Greater New York Fund, namely, Children’s Home Service Unit, in September 1, 1952, and Child Placement Prevention Unit, established in August, 1955. The first one had been successful in returning children who were placed in child care institutions to their own relatives. The latter has been successful in preventing the placement of many children. However, in a small percentage of cases the removal of the children from their home was necessary for their own benefit, although it seems contradictory there are situations in which the home can cause great harm to the child. It is for this situation that plans are made to move the child out of his own family group. Sone of the things that contribute to placement of a child can be related to physical, emotional and cultural factors. It is this last factor which has been of great interest to the writer since she had the opportunity to work with the Child Placement Prevention Unit as a caseworker, where a great number of the cases referred were Puerto Rican. She has also had experience working with the Bureau of Child Welfare on the Island. The writer has been able to disern that the same cultural factors influencing the placement on the Island have been influencing the placement in New York too. The study, therefore, was initiated upon actual experiences of the writer.
Spirituality|Social psychology|Social work
Ortiz, Tomasita, "Puerto Rican Cultural Influences in Child Placement: A Study of the Background of Six Puerto Rican Families Referred for Evaluation by the Children's Placement Service to the Child Placement Prevention Unit of Catholic Charities of New York, 1946" (1957). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30509519.