Critical Thinking Case Study part 1 Critical Thinking Case Study: Identification, Research, Analysis Read chapter 4, focusing on the section regarding Critical Thinking. Then, read the case below which we will be using for all of the critical thinking application assignments in Modules 4-7. Read the following case: Who Am I? Amy is a social worker at a large metropolitan adoption agency. She has been at the adoption agency for five years, and she is currently a post-adoption counselor. Amy provides information and counseling to adoptees who were placed for adoption by her agency. Amy’s job is to speak with adult adoptees who contact the agency seeking information about their birth parents. Many of these adoptees have contacted the agency seeking their birth parents’ names and location. Other adoptees have contacted the agency primarily to ask for medical information about their birth parents. In recent years, the majority of the adoptions the agency has facilitated have been open adoptions, in which the birth parents and the adoptive parents maintain an ongoing relationship. This open relationship can include personal visits between the parties or may just include the exchange of identifiable information such as the parties’ names and addresses. Amy’s agency promotes open adoptions, believing that maintaining this ongoing relationship is in the best interest of the adopted child. Although Amy and all of the counselors at her agency believe that open adoption is best for the adoptee, the state law prohibits agencies from providing the original birth certificate or any other identifying information for birth parents or adoptive family members. This includes the natural parents first names, the year they were born, where they were born, and the adoptee’s name on the original birth certificate. In recent years, there have been an increasing number of states that have passed laws which allow adoptees to obtain identifying information about their birth parents and to obtain their original birth certificate. Amy’s personal belief as a social worker is that it is in the best interest of the adoptees to be given information about their birth family, including the names of their birth parents, the circumstances of their adoption, and medical information about their birth family. For years, her adoption agency has supported a proposed bill that would allow adoptees to obtain their original birth certificate, however this bill has not been passed by the state legislature. Amy’s clients are often adoptees who were born in the time period before open adoption became common. She often speaks with adoptees who are in their sixties and seventies and who have been searching for information about their birth parents for many years. They feel that it is especially unfair since adoptees in other states next to them have a right to obtain their original birth certificate information. Amy recently received a call from an adoptee named Rose. Rose was seeking information about her birth parents. She asked Amy if she could have information on how to contact her birth parents and if she could receive a copy of her original birth certificate. Amy explained that the state law would not allow her to share that kind of information. Rose told Amy that she had always wanted to find out information about her birth parents and her original name, but that she especially wanted the information now due to medical reasons. Amy retrieved Rose’s original adoption file from the agency’s file storage and called Rose back. Amy could only give Rose non-identifying information, such as her birth mother’s age when Rose was born, and her ethnic background and that she had dark hair and brown eyes. Later that week, Rose came to the adoption agency to speak with Amy in person. When Rose met with Amy in Amy’s office, Rose asked Amy to share more information with her. Amy still had Rose’s adoption file in her office. Amy opened the file on her desk and gave Rose some additional information such as her birth father’s eye and hair color and his age when she was born. Rose then told Amy that Rose had a life-threatening medical condition, leukemia, and that her survival required a bone marrow transplant. She told Amy that she had so far been unable to find a donor match, and that her best chance at finding a donor was to find a sibling or half-sibling. Ethical issue: What should Amy do? Please keep in mind that for purposes of the critical thinking assignments, the decision maker, (who is Amy in this case), must have at least four options that you consider. Critical Thinking Case Study Module 6 Kantian Ethics Application Kant – After reading Chapter 4 and Chapter 7 in your text: Use the case given in Module 4 – Who Am I? Apply the steps of Kantian Ethics to resolve the main moral issue. Word Count: You should have a minimum of 350 words. Most papers which received an A have 500+ words. Place your name, the professor’s name, the course name and the date in the upper left hand corner. Include a Work Cited page, (see drop box rules). Paragraph 1 – Discuss Kantian Ethics. Include a discussion of the main concepts. Remember to go through each and every step of the theory completely and thoroughly. I need to “see” your thinking for each and every step. Write this as if the reader knows absolutely nothing about this theory. Do not assume I will understand what you mean. Show me all of your thought process and reasoning. For instance, when you are explaining the step involving Universality, you need to actually explain what that concept means and then apply it to your individual options. Application – Apply the steps of Kantian Ethics to resolve the main moral issue. This will be a lengthy answer. It may get a bit repetitive. That is OK. You have to keep your opinions out of the analysis, and only reason as Kant would work through this dilemma. It is OK if this does not look like a traditional essay for all or some of the steps. It is OK to list and have bullet points. Going through the steps of these theories is like “baking a cake” or “doing a math problem.” You have to one by one go through each step in a systematic manner in order to get the “answer” at the end. IMPORTANT: See Sample Format – Applying Kant, below. Paragraph 2 – Conclusion After I read this answer I want to know that you 1. Understand Kant’s theory and 2. Know how to apply Kant’s theory to this dilemma. Please allow yourself plenty of time to work through this dilemma. Often these are lengthy answers. Review the Drop Box Grading Criteria – Applying Kant below. Do not use quotes. Use your own words. Dropbox Rules You should not submit more than once (except for originality issues – see below), so be sure your assignment is complete. Include your word count at the top. Attach your submission in the proper MS Word format .doc or .docx or .rtf. Exporting a Pages File as Word Format from the Mac with Pages App Open the Pages file you want to convert / save to Word format into the Pages app for OS X. Go to the “File” menu and choose “Export To”, then select “Word” from the sub-menu list. Then upload the word document into the drop box. Place your name, the professor’s name, the course name and the date in the upper left hand corner. Include a Work Cited page. Use your own words and give credit (citations). See Understanding Plagiarism Activity and How to Avoid Plagiarism in Module 1 – Academic Integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check your Originality Report and resubmit before the due date if needed. Highlighted areas should only be citations, names and properly cited quotes (if your professor allows quotations). To learn how to view your originality report, go to Course Content-MyCourses Tutorials-Dropbox-Viewing a TurnItIn (Originality Report). If you have any technical problems contact Technical Support immediately. Their contact information is online -727-341-HELP. STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY – after submitting your assignment, view your work to be sure it was submitted properly.