Exchange Parent Aide

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Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Exchange Parent Aide has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs and Home Visiting Programs for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Target Population: Families must have at least one child age birth through 12 years in the home (services may also be offered prenatally), be considered at-risk for abuse (either through presence of dynamics common in abusive families or the presence of substantiated abuse or neglect), and be willing to participate in services

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 12

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 12

Brief Description

Exchange Parent Aide program consists of trained, professionally supervised individuals (volunteer or paid) who provide supportive and educational in-home services to families at risk of child abuse and neglect. Agencies elect to use paid and/or volunteer Parent Aides to provide services based on their community needs and resources. Services are strength-based and family-centered. Auxiliary services enhance service delivery (e.g., group-based parenting classes). Model components include:

  • An Initial Needs Assessment (INA) describing family dynamics, patterns of coping, abuse histories, and immediate needs
  • A family treatment plan focusing on the program’s four goal areas:
    • Child safety
    • Problem solving skills
    • Parenting skills
    • Social support
  • Matching families with a professionally trained and supervised Parent Aide who provides weekly home visits.

Programs select parenting curricula based on the needs of the families with a priority on using curricula with an evidence-base, when available. An extensive accreditation process is required of Exchange Parent Aide programs.

Program Goals:

The goals of Exchange Parent Aide are:

  • Assure child safety
  • Improve parenting skills
  • Improve problem solving skills
  • Enhance social supports

Contact Information

Name: Genevieve Stults, LSW, BSSW, MOD
Agency/Affiliation: National Exchange Club
Phone: (800) 924-2643
Fax: (419) 535-1989

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2013

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2013