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ECONOMIC GLOBALIZATION 1
The documentary follows African American paternal grandmother, Viola Dee (Big Mama)
for 18 months as the 90-year-old tries to raise her 9-year-old grandson Walter in Los Angeles.
However, the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services continually threatens to
force them apart because they, yet, Ms. Dee made a death bed promise to her son that she would
take care of her grandson Walter. The boy was only four when the father died. Walter suffers
permanent physical damage due to his mother's prenatal drug intake, who is also not in his life.
Walter's special education teachers reported that he is impulsive and sometimes violent. Also, a
witness at home testify distractible, hyperactive, and disruptive behavior is hard to manage. Viola's
verbal redirection seems non-effective and taken on Viola's health. The films often show isolated,
inappropriate social behaviors and blurted comments Walter givens his grandmother. However,
Viola remains loyal to the promise she made to her deceased son. Until one day, Walter sets a
magazine afire in his room, burning the entire home down. Then, I had to be admitted to a
psychiatric hospital. The treatment team determines that Viola Dee can no longer handle her
grandson and would not recommend discharge to her custody until she found placement for him
in long-term residential care.
Walter was accepted at an appropriate facility and thrived during his year of
hospitalization. Once treatment was completed at the Vista Del Mar, the assigned social workers
concluded that the child's safety, the ninety-year-old Viola Dee was frail and could no longer care
for Walter. Since no other relative volunteered to care for Walter, he was returned to the local
foster care system. Viola Dee died shortly after.
Vista Del Mar Coordinator met with this writer to discuss updates with referrals and
endorsed plans to pursue placement. During the initial contact on Friday, November 08, 2019. I
meet with Walter, a 9-year-old, never married, Black, or African American male, to gather and

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Running head: BIG MAMA CASE STUDY0 Big Mama Case Study Name Institution ECONOMIC GLOBALIZATION 1 The documentary follows African American paternal grandmother, Viola Dee (Big Mama) for 18 months as the 90-year-old tries to raise her 9-year-old grandson Walter in Los Angeles. However, the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services continually threatens to force them apart because they, yet, Ms. Dee made a death bed promise to her son that she would take care of her grandson Walter. The boy was only four when the father died. Walter suffers permanent physical damage due to his mother's prenatal drug intake, who is also not in his life. Walter's special education teachers reported that he is impulsive and sometimes violent. Also, a witness at home testify distractible, hyperactive, and disruptive behavior is hard to manage. Viola's verbal redirection seems non-effective and ...
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