Parent Engagement and Self-Advocacy (PESA)

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About This Program

Target Population: Birth parents, foster parents, and caseworkers of children ages 10-17 who are in foster care and candidates for reunification

Brief Description

PESA is an adaptation of Columbia University’s Parent Empowerment Program (PEP) and the Building a Better Future Program developed by Sandra Jimenez and Naomi Weinstein as a Family-to-Family Initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. PESA helps birth parents, foster parents, and caseworkers work together to address the mental health needs of youth in foster care.

Program Goals:

The overall goals for Parent Engagement and Self-Advocacy (PESA) are:

  • Improve collaboration between case workers, foster parents, and birth parents
  • Increase knowledge about child mental health issues facing youth in child welfare
  • Improve the ability of case workers, foster parents,and birth parents to advocate for the mental health needs of children in their care

Contact Information

Lisa Hunter Romanelli, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: The REACH Institute
Phone: (212) 947-7322 x227
Fax: (212) 947-7400

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: July 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2010