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Transcript of Finding Fish
Fisher was raised in institutions from the moment of birth. He ultimately came to live with a foster family Pickett's where he was routinely physically and emotionally abused and sexually abused by a neighbor.
Deeply shy and lacking self-esteem, he escaped the foster-care system just before his eighteenth birthday, only to face the harsh reality of crime and homelessness.
While in the service Fish also discovered that he had a gift with words—and it is precisely this talent that breathes pleasure into what could be an unremittingly depressing tale.
Types of Abuse/Neglect
Sexual abuse- Willenda
Verbally Abuse- Mrs. Pickett
Social Worker Relationship
The term “nigga” alone, leads Antwone to envy light colored people.
CPS: Allowing Mrs. Pickett to continue her guardianship over Antwone.
Contributing factors- Environmental
Mrs. Profit- Positive influence in his life, fourth grade teacher.
Ms. Nees- Social worker who took care of him after leaving the Pickett's home.
Bill Ward- Principal at George Junior (reform school for juvenile boys).
Cheif Lott- Navy commander. Taught him to be more assertive. Head up and to have a louder voice. Helped with his communication skills. Related him to the father figure he wish he had, teaching him lessons for a successful life. Encouragement and sense of self.
Navy- (11 years) documentation on Fish was positive and encouraging, unlike that of his childhood entries by social workers. Started to take responsibility for his feelings and knew he had an anger issue. Developed a want to learn, read many books and started writing, mainly poems.
Lieutenant Commander Williams- Navy psychiatrist. First person he actually told his childhood stories to. Fish said just talking to him was "liberation from the prison of silence, from the burden of my own secrets." Also met with him outside of therapy sessions, became a mentor in his life. Finally felt comfortable with somebody. Encouragement. Invited him to Thanksgiving. Learned to express anger in a positive manner. Used writing as a tool. Explained to Fish what being dyslexic meant, this was big because he now didn't feel "slow" but knew he had a learning disability.
Influence on Development
Biological- regressive behaviors such as bed wetting at the age of 10.
Cognitive- Lack of encouragement and positive language as well as negative life aspects created an outlet for his later criminal behavior and homelessness. Racial slurs created an image in his head that made him favor "lighter" skin tones, because they were treated better in the Picketts' home.
Social- has only a few close friends during his childhood because of the rules of his foster home, he was isolated much of the time from his peers. Taught how to act in church, putting on a fake facade that the family was perfect. This allowed him to do the same when others asked him about his life.
Behavioral- aggression towards others, if he feels threatened in any way he turns to physical violence.
Emotional- the thought that he was worth nothing, and was unwanted since birth. Later in life he had problems connecting with women, due to the abuse from Willenda.
By: Antwone Fisher
Mizz. Pickett- manipulate the system by writing the social workers and reporting that Antwone was doing well or improving. She saw no need for their intervention. The social workers
to even take a second look at the situation.
Antwone grew older and physically bigger, he was not subjected to physical or sexual abuse. The abuse then was more verbal and emotionally taunting.
He began to speak back to Mizz. Pickett, and voicing his opinion. Defiant behavior made him hard to control by Mizz. Pickett.
Art, music and poetry was his escape. These simple things in his life were all he had control over, kept his mind in a positive place and used it as an escape.
Ultimately he was kicked out of the Pickett's home, faced criminal behavior and homelessness. He then joined the Navy and his life began to turn around drastically.
Who Will Cry For The Little Boy
Antwone Quenton Fisher.
Eddie Elkins – Antwone’s father.
Eva Mae Fisher – Antwone’s mother.
Antwone’s first foster mother -Mrs. Nellie Strange.
Social workers-Total of 9. (Ms. Patricia Nees).
Reverend Pickett, Sr. and Mrs. Pickett – 2nd set of foster parents.
Willenda – Sexually abuse Antwone
Dwight, Flo and Keith – other foster children in the Pickett home.
Mrs. Brenda Profit- teacher at Parkwood Elementary School.
Bob – guidance counselor at George Junior Republic
Lieutenant Commander Williams – navy psychiatrist.
Rhonda – hooker
Sexual abuse- Insecurity/ sexuality issues
Unworthy- Mrs. Pickett would tell the children that their mothers did not want them.
What touched you the most?
How do you imagine this book influencing your work as a social worker?