Read the following case carefully and answer the prompts below. Responses should be 500 words or longer. APA style required for formatting and any references used.
Jessica is a case worker assigned to work with Juanita, a single mother to two children who is receiving in-home supportive services for her children. In her training to become a case worker, Jessica was instructed not to take food or drinks given to her by clients. The purpose of this is to maintain a professional boundary and for the case workers’ safety. Juanita, a Guatemalan-American, insists on giving Jessica a bottle of water every time Jessica visits the home. She expresses her gratitude for Jessica’s services and insists she take a bottle of water. Juanita and her children live in a low-income household and Juanita receives government assistance through food vouchers.
- What do you think Jessica should do when Juanita offers her the water bottle? Should she accept it? Why or why not?
- Evaluate the cultural factors that influence your decision.