Date of Award

5-1-2007

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

Social Work Policy Planning and Administration

Abstract

This thesis was designed to study to what extent early intervention services support and empower the needs of single-parent families that have children with exceptionalities with the Babies Can't Wait System (BCWS). The five (5) families in this research study will be comprised of single females ages 23-37 and reside in the Upper Cumberland/Smyrna, Georgia area. All participants will have children ages birth to three years with an established disability or developmental delay and have received, or are currently receiving, early intervention services. Their average annual income must be $15,000 or below. The purpose of this study is to investigate, from the family's perspective, how single-parent families receive early intervention services.

Georgia Babies Can't Wait System (BCWS) utilizes family-centered practices when providing services to families of children with special needs from birth to age three. An Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is developed with the collaboration of the family and professionals that stipulates individualized quality services for the child and family. This document is reviewed every six months but can be reviewed more often if the family or professional deems necessary. Families should be the major decision makers in the acquisitions and selection of appropriate services for their child. Upon careful analysis of the data, areas of improvement were found to be in the family's decision-making, utilization of family strengths, and lack of family-thewas This thesis was designed to study to what extent early intervention services support and empower the needs of single-parent families that have children with exceptionalism with the Babies Can't Wait System (BCWS). The five (5) families in this research study will be comprised of single females ages 23-37 and reside in the Upper Cumberland/Smyrna, Georgia area. All participants will have children ages birth to three years with an established disability or developmental delay and have received, or are currently receiving, early intervention services. Their average annual income must be $15,000 or below. The purpose of this study is to investigate, from the family's perspective, how single-parent families receive early intervention services.

Georgia Babies Can't Wait System (BCWS) utilizes family-centered practices when providing services to families of children with special needs from birth to age three. An Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is developed with the collaboration of the family and professionals that stipulates individualized quality services for the child and family. This document is reviewed every six months but can be reviewed more often if the family or professional deems necessary. Families should be the major decision makers in the acquisitions and selection of appropriate services for their child. Upon careful analysis of the data, areas of improvement were found to be in the family's decision-making, utilization of family strengths, and lack of family-to-family support.

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