Reflection Paper On Family

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During the initial interview with Maria Lopez I was able to begin to develop an understanding of her present family circumstance. Our first meeting made it obvious that Maria was being overworked and underpaid. As a single mother, working three jobs, providing food and adequate child supervision for her family has been a major challenge. Maria felt as though she was left with no reasonable answer for getting out of this paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle. In our first meeting Maria also gave a description of her past, how she was supporting her children on her own, and how one day she would like to finish her degree so that she is able to support her children and herself in an efficient manner. When Maria had stated how paying for childcare was an issue as well as providing enough food for her children at each mealtime, I knew I needed to access and find immediate solutions to these basic needs. Our initial meeting was the first time Maria had reached outside of her own recourses and means of support to see if there was anything out there that could help her family finically. Hearing this from her made me hopeful, that since she had not yet exhausted her recourses, we could find an assistance program that could aid her family in becoming more financially stable. Also, because outside assistance programs are not something Maria has looked into for her family, I believe they would additionally relieve her to begin saving some of her income for college. This could

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