Wife of Hector, Mother of Junior, Emilia, Vicki, Gloria, Alejandro and Carmen
Married to Hector since 1975, Celia Sanchez has been in this country for about two decades. Devoted to her family, Celia has never worked outside the home, and does not drive. She delights in cooking for them, taking care of the home, and taking care of the grandchildren of her oldest children.
Given her desire to stay so close to home and family, Mrs. Sanchez has not developed the proficiency with English that her husband has. This has been a barrier to her efforts to care for the family. For example, in the relatively few instances that she has been so ill that she required the services of a physician, she required her son to go with her to interpret for her. Her ability to participate in parent-teacher conferences has, over the years, been very limited. And when one of her children came in contact with the juvenile justice system, she was unable to understand fully the legal implications of the choices she faced.
Recently, the son of her sister Delores came to the United States from Mexico (see Roberto's history).
He has been staying at the house.
Mrs. Sanchez has been concerned with how to stretch their money to accommodate the children, as well as she and her husband. She wanted her husband to apply for food stamps, but he is adamantly opposed, and she is unwilling to go against her husband. She has secretly been obtaining commodities from her Church pantry. Since she is a parishioner at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, her visits there do not raise her husband's suspicions.
- Inadequate income for the food the family needs, given the two extra mouths to feed
- Inadequate nutritional knowledge to determine whether Hector is eating the right foods for his diabetes
- Inadequate information about the process of permanently adopting Celia's grandson, Joey
- Inadequate information about the extent of Celia and Hector's liability, if any, for taking in Roberto
- Inability to understand and communicate in English
Keep these goals in mind throughout your analysis
- Find additional resources for food that involve neither government programs or their own church
- Learn more about cooking for persons with diabetes
- With Hector's active involvement, seek clarification of the legal issues associated with the presence of Roberto in their home and the issues involved in Joey's adoption
- Enroll in a class for persons learning English as a second language
Review each family member's social supports through their own ecomap.
Critical Thinking Questions
These core questions, specific to each client, will help you better understand and assess your client. Refer back to your answers throughout your assessment.