Punishment Misunderstood in Immigrant Families



The varying degrees of acceptable corporal punishment in America are constantly evolving. Of course other countries differ as well in the way they discipline children. Problems occur where differing cultures meet, and when discipline takes on a new meaning.

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Luis Torres has not been able to see his children for a long time. They’ve been removed to foster care for six months. Now when they were allowed to come home, Mr. Torres was ordered to move out.

He said that he made a mistake, which ACS agreed.

Was it his mistake? He had no idea what “excessive” corporal punishment is.

What happened in court? He didn’t know because the interpreter spoke too fast.

Why the agency didn’t arrange meetings for him with the children? Who should he ask since he doesn’t speak English?

Watch what the family has been through during the past nine months.

“ACS’s motto is that no child should struggle alone, but I believe that no family should struggle alone,” said Flora Huang, LES Community Partnership Coordinator. Read More