Social Policy, Welfare, and Change

SOCW 6351: Social Policy, Welfare, and Change

1. Discussion 1 Respond to two colleagues by explaining a change for which you might advocate with regard to the policy your colleague described. Then, explain what responsibility Eboni’s social worker has to identify lapses in services and advocate for policy changes.

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Support your response with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.

Discussion 1 Colleagues Post 1

DeAnna Oliver 

RE: Discussion 1 – Week 4

Part of being an effective social worker is being aware and utilizing resource such as public assistance or means-tested programs. In the case of Eboni (2014), Eboni is a pregnant teen who is faced with the decision to terminate the pregnancy or become a teen mother. In South Carolina, Eboni could be eligible for means-tested programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food and Nutrition Programs, Head Start, Special Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and SC Voucher Program (DSS.

The temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) provides cash assistance, employment, and training services to individual while working towards financial stability. The TANF is available till Eboni’s child is five years old. Medicaid is a medical assistance program that require re-applying every six months (U.S. Government, 2018). This medical assistance programs could be long term, as long as Eboni continues to fall under the income limit. WIC and SNAP are all food assistance programs that promote nutrition for individuals and families (U.S. Government, 2018). SNAP could be a long-term program, as long as Eboni remains under the income limit, whereas WIC would be available to Eboni as long as she falls under the income limit and her child under the age of five (U.S. Government, 2018). The Head Start program would be available to Eboni until her child is five, unless she above the income requirements (U.S. Government, 2018).

These programs would provide Eboni with beneficial assistance, however it’s essential to continue to encourage Eboni to further her education and employment in hopes that Eboni would be able to support her family without means-tested program. Additionally, it’s important that Eboni has a reliable support system, whether that be her friends, teachers at school, church, sports teammates, family. Having a solid support system will help Eboni overcome the adversity of being a teen parent


Plummer, S. -B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. (Eds.). (2014). Sessions: Case histories. Baltimore: MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].

TANF Program (2018). TANF Program. What is TANF.

U.S. Government (2018). Benefits.

Discussion 1 Colleagues Post 2

Chelsea Soifua 

RE: Discussion 1 – Week 4

Means-tested programs available to Eboni would be SNAP and TANIF. If Eboni chose to keep her baby she would get assistance with providing food for her child and her home. The goal of the SNAP program is to provide access to food for families and individuals who are struggling to afford groceries. This program aims to help these households achieve a balanced diet by introducing them to nutritious foods. An additional service in Missouri that would benefit a client like Eboni is the Temporary Assistance program. This program is a cash benefit for low-income families to help cover costs for the household’s children, such as clothing, utilities and other services. These programs help families to stabilize their homes and provide needed items for their children.


Learn about Missouri snap benefits. My Food Stamps. (2020, September 4). Retrieved

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2. Discussion 2 Respond to two colleagues by explaining how social workers might help to alleviate the stigma based on the explanations your colleagues provided.

Support your response with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.