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Topic: Parent Partner Programs for Families Involved in the Child Welfare System

Scientific Ratings in this topic:
1 - Well-Supported by Research Evidence
2 - Supported by Research Evidence
3 - Promising Research Evidence
4 - Evidence Fails to Demonstrate Effect
5 - Concerning Practice
NR - Not able to be Rated

Definition for Parent Partner Programs for Families Involved in the Child Welfare System:

Parent Partner Programs for Families Involved in the Child Welfare System are defined by the CEBC as programs that include parents with experience in the child welfare system (who may be called veterans, alumni, or other similar titles) as mentors, advocates, and/or peer support to parents currently involved with the child welfare system. The goals of parent partner programs may vary, but are typically to engage parents more fully in the child welfare case planning and services process; provide information to parents about the child welfare system and their right and responsibilities; and provide support, modeling, and linkages to assist families in meeting their safety, permanency, and well-being goals.

Although not a part of formal parent partner programs as defined above, parents may also partner with the child welfare system by being advisory members to child welfare system committees and providing a parent's perspective on programmatic and policy development.

  • Target population: Parents involved with the child welfare system
  • Services/types that fit: Typically outpatient services in an individual or group format that include assessment, case planning, case management, education, and/or skill building
  • Delivered by: Trained paraprofessionals
  • In order to be included: Program must utilize parents with experience in the child welfare system as the primary delivery agent for services
  • In order to be rated: There must be research evidence (as specified by Scientific Rating Scale) that examines outcomes for families, such as decreased occurrence of maltreatment, reduced out-of-home placement, increased engagement in services, or improvements in knowledge and satisfaction

Why was Parent Partner Programs for Families Involved in the Child Welfare System chosen as a topic by the Advisory Committee? (Click for Answer)

The Advisory Committee chose Parent Partner Programs for Families Involved in the Child Welfare System for review by the CEBC because the child welfare field has embraced the value of including recipients of child welfare services as an effective strategy for meeting new clients "where they are," and having these individuals provide guidance to parents as parent partners. Parent partners are individuals who have successfully overcome the challenges that brought them to the attention of Child Welfare Services. It is believed that because of their experiences in successfully navigating the child welfare system, they are able to provide positive motivation to other parents who have had their children removed due to parental abuse or neglect, or have had the possibility of them being removed. The child welfare field has also followed other fields, such as mental health and AOD, where parents’ input on policy/ program development and staff training has been effective in helping to achieve agency goals.

Because Parent Partner Programs for Families Involved in the Child Welfare System have been expanding throughout California, it is important to determine whether there is evidence of their effectiveness. By reviewing current research on this practice, it is hoped that there are programs being supported by research, and that by including this on the CEBC, future research will be encouraged.

Danna Fabella
Director, Federal Linkages Child & Family Policy
Institute of California
Sacramento, CA

Programs in this topic area

Here are your search results for programs in the area of Parent Partner Programs for Families Involved in the Child Welfare System:

The programs listed below have been reviewed by the CEBC and, if appropriate, been rated using the Scientific Rating Scale.

Programs with a Scientific Rating of 3 - Promising Research Evidence:

  • Parents Anonymous®detailed view
    Topics: Parent Partner Programs for Families Involved in the Child Welfare System
    General population, but can accommodate specific population types such as teen parents or parents of children with special needs.

Programs with a Scientific Rating of NR - Not able to be Rated: