KEEP (Keeping Foster and Kin Parents Supported and Trained)

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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. KEEP (Keeping Foster and Kin Parents Supported and Trained) has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Placement Stabilization Programs, Resource Parent Recruitment and Training Programs and Kinship Caregiver Support Programs.

Target Population: Caregivers of children 4 to 12 years of age in foster or kinship care placements

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 4 – 12

Brief Description

The objective of KEEP is to give parents effective tools for dealing with their child's externalizing problems, trauma, and other behavioral and emotional problems and to support them in the implementation of those tools. Curriculum topics include framing the foster/kin parents' role as that of key agents of change with opportunities to alter the life course trajectories of the children placed with them. Foster/kin parents are taught methods for creating a safe environment, encouraging child cooperation, using behavioral contingencies, strategies for self-regulation, effective limit setting, and balancing encouragement and limits. There are also sessions on dealing with difficult problem behaviors including covert behaviors, promoting school success, encouraging positive peer relationships, and strategies for managing stress brought on by providing foster care. There is an emphasis on active learning methods; illustrations of primary concepts are presented via role-plays and videotapes. An adaptation of KEEP, for foster and kinship parents of teenagers called KEEP SAFE, has been reviewed by the CEBC and is rated a 2 – Supported by Research Evidence on the CEBC Scientific Rating Scale in the areas of Behavioral Management Programs for Adolescents in Child Welfare and Resource Parent Recruitment and Training Programs. KEEP SAFE has also been rated a 3 – Promising Research Evidence in the area of Placement Stabilization Programs; that entry is accessible here.

Program Goals:

The goals of KEEP (Keeping Foster and Kin Parents Supported and Trained) are:

  • Decrease placement disruptions from foster care
  • Increase reinforcement from foster parent to the child
  • Decrease the child’s emotional and behavioral problems
  • Decrease foster/kin parent stress

Contact Information

Patricia Chamberlain, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Oregon Social Learning Center
Phone: (541) 485-2711
Fax: (541) 485-7087

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: April 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: November 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2007