Parents as Partners

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents involved with the Child Welfare System through a protective investigation

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

New York City Children’s Services developed the Parents as Partners program to improve their ability to engage parents. By employing parents who have experience with the system as Family Specialists, Children’s Services capitalizes on the opportunity to sensitize child welfare staff to the client perspective. In addition, parents coming into the system can connect with Family Specialists who share a mutual understanding of their experience and can actively relate to their situation.Family Specialists provide crucial advice and guidance regarding expectations of parents and services available to them. The Family Specialists also provide essential feedback that can be utilized to improve the effectiveness of the system.

Family Specialists work closely with and in support of birth parents with children in foster care and families receiving preventive services. This program improves the agency’s ability to:

  • Engage parents
  • Inform policy and program decision-making
  • Enhance training and staff development by providing insight to professionals from the perspective of parents.

Program Goals:

The overall goals of Parents as Partners are:

  • Engage parents in services
  • Provide a parents' perspective to agency personnel

Contact Information

Michael Arsham
Agency/Affiliation: NYC Administration for Children's Services
Phone: (917) 551-7967

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2010