The American Sociological Review is a journal of the American Sociological Association. The flagship journal specializes in field research to determine important metrics within the society. The journal aims to publish original works which are of interest to the society as well as the needs and concerns surrounding people. The American Sociological Association, courtesy of the journal, features selected care agencies within and across the United States.
A visit to an agency (Baltimore Social Service) of the American Sociological Association brought to light a lot of activities surrounding social work. The Baltimore Social Service agency appreciates scholars who are pursing nursing, history and most importantly, sociology studies because it sees students as a foundation towards a better society. During the interview, it was clear the social service agency identifies a case, say of child abuse. The social worker visits the alleged home, and through respect and courtesy, observes the provisions of the home – employment status of parents, relationship between father and mother, the home’s location and the health of the child. Social workers believe that abuse is mostly determined by factors surrounding parents and home in general.
The Baltimore Social Service agency, after ascertaining the case of abuse as legit and purely credible, moves to the court and seeks permission for child’s custody. More specifically, these agencies are primarily concerned about social welfares through child care, child support, information support to families and financial aid to the poor. Although the function of social service agencies poses a significant congruity, it is clear that the government and many times, non-government unions assist these agencies meet the growing needs of social work (Edgell, 2011).
Luckily, selected social service institutions and associations are economically stable and can power the running and daily practice of affiliated agencies. The Baltimore Social Service agency I visited informed that it receives a lot of support from the American Sociological Association. Of special concern for the social worker I interviewedsaid her objective was to ensure the society operated in a just, fair and easy manner. This is to mean that poverty should be eradicated and the welfare of children protected. The social worker stated for the society to meet the growing daily needs, it has to adhere to given processes of fairness and justice. This is what drives social service agencies. Ensuring that social needs are met and sources of support leveraged for a timely and effective care to people and humanity in general. Up to this end, the social worker informed me of her role in social care and welfare and how she was prepared to champion the vision and mission of Baltimore Social Service Agency.
The American Sociological Review, in a research article Networks and Diffusion in Teaching and Learning about Sociology, argues that the role of social care is ever-changing. Given the dynamic cultures and traditions of the new technology, the function of learning has slightly been affected (Roberta et al. 2011). This requires a prompt transformation and adjustment. The sociological review connects with my visit at the Baltimore Social Service Agency in a special way. As the social worker stated that the aim of the agency is to help the society with rising daily needs, she also specified that continuous acquisition of knowledge and learning is important in her career. The society is transforming and for social care to remain perfectly practical and effective, social workers need to adopt growing changes through learning and regular update to information. Up to this end, the research article was important in reflecting the role and function of social care.
Overall, the interview added knowledge about social care. It created insight about how child care is achieved by examining cases of abuse and associated domestic problems. The interview to the social service agency also helped me learn firsthand how contemporary agencies work and the challenges they face on a daily basis. The interview was also important in understanding how social service agencies leverage channels of income to meet daily care ventures. The above analysis was important in understanding social services and sociology as a field.
Edgell, S. (2011). The sociology of work: Continuity and change in paid and unpaid work. London: SAGE.
Roberta Spalter-Roth, Olga V. Mayorova, Jean H. Shin, and JaneneScelza. (2011). Networks and Diffusion in Teaching and Learning about Sociology The American Sociological Association. Research Brief. Retrieved from http://www.asanet.org/images/research/docs/pdf/Networks_and_Diffusion.pdf