Option B: Re-thinking How We Support Parenting in Shelter
Read Chapter Two, “Family Shelter Environments” and “Reflections,” from Parenting in Public: Family Shelter and Public Assistance by Donna Haig Friedman, pages 41-83. DSHS recently sent a copy of this book to all DSHS-contracted domestic violence shelter programs. WSCADV member programs may also borrow a copy from our lending library; contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 586-1022.
The author gives examples of shelters where the facility, rules and staff/resident interactions undermine parent-child relationships among residents. She also gives examples of shelters that create an especially supportive environment for parenting.
Identify at least one example of how your shelter practices support parenting by residents (for instance, think about physical lay-out, bedroom arrangements, rules about chores and cleaning, how children receive medications, kitchen and meal policies, staff interactions with children, how resident privacy is handled, how family boundaries and belongings are handled, etc.). Then, identify at least one example of a practice that could use improvement.
(You are very welcome to make this a group activity, especially if you and a co-worker(s) are taking the distance learning course together. However, your writing should be your own.)