Child Welfare Organizing Project Parent Leadership Curriculum (CWOP PLC)

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents who are involved with the child welfare system

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

The Child Welfare Organizing Project Parent Leadership Curriculum (CWOP PLC) is a three-month course that trains and certifies parents to become Parent Advocates that thereafter work in their respective communities and other nonprofit organizations impacting affected parents. Co-designed and co-led by parents and professionals, the CWOP PLC is intended to orient parents involved with the public child welfare system to their rights and responsibilities, laws and regulations governing local practice, and the contractual obligations of service provider agencies. Another goal of the curriculum is to prepare parents for paraprofessional roles as peer organizers and advocates. The CWOP PLC consists of both classroom sessions and experiential learning and leadership opportunities. After completing the curriculum, many of its graduates have secured employment as Parent Advocates in foster care, preventive, and legal services agencies.

Program Goals:

The goals of the CWOP Parent Leadership Curriculum (CWOP PLC) are:

  • Orient parents to their rights and responsibilities within the child welfare system
  • Engage parents in policy analysis and systemic advocacy
  • Create leaders in communities impacted by foster care and child protective services

Contact Information

Marianne Talbot
Title: Interim Executive Director
Agency/Affiliation: Child Welfare Organizing Project
Phone: (212) 348-3000
Fax: (212) 348-1605

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2010