Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP)

About This Program

Target Population: Families at risk of child maltreatment as identified by screened out child maltreatment reports, community referrals, or self-referral; families that are referred by the community or through self-referrals must have at least two risk factors including, but not limited to, poverty, past maltreatment history, domestic violence, chemical dependency, and emotional or behavioral health problems

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 10

Program Overview

PSOP is a voluntary early intervention family support program serving families with young children (under age 10) who are at risk of child maltreatment. Referrals are identified through screened out child maltreatment reports or through community or self-referral based on risk exposure. Services are largely consumer driven with a significant focus on addressing the provision of basic needs. Families are asked to participate in a strengths and needs assessment that is used to help the family and agency determine an appropriate service plan. Services are delivered through county-based child welfare programs or through a contract for service with a community-based provider.

Program Goals

The goals of the Parent Support Outreach Program are:

  • Reduced risk of child maltreatment by addressing unmet family needs and employing family strengths
  • Improved overall family well-being as measured by the strengths and needs assessment

Logic Model

The program representative did not provide information about a Logic Model for Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP).

Essential Components

The essential components of the Parent Support Outreach Program include:

  • Voluntary family support program
  • Consumer driven
  • Focus on meeting needs and reducing child maltreatment risks
  • Focus on families with children age 10 or under

Program Delivery

Parent/Caregiver Services

Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP) directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:

  • Parent of child 10 and under who is at risk of child maltreatment
Services Involve Family/Support Structures:

This program involves the family or other support systems in the individual's treatment: Services are consumer driven.

Recommended Intensity:

Depends on family’s goals and service requests. Contact is usually focused on obtaining whatever resources or services desired and not on treating the family.

Recommended Duration:

No specific time limit, but services are usually very specific and time limited (90-180 days average).

Delivery Setting

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Birth Family Home


This program does not include a homework component.


Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP) has materials available in languages other than English:

Hmong, Spanish, Vietnamese

For information on which materials are available in these languages, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

Service provider must be knowledgeable about a wide range of available community resources. Providers must be able to make home visits and be accessible by telephone.

Manuals and Training

Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications

No academic requirement, but providers are most often child welfare professionals with human services degrees and knowledge of community resources.

Manual Information

There is not a manual that describes how to deliver this program.

Training Information

There is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training Type/Location:

Information consultation provided via phone or email.

Number of days/hours:

Information consultation – no set timeframe

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP).

Additional References

Thompson, D., Siegel, G. L., & Loma, L. A. (2008). The Parent Support Outreach Program: Minnesota’s Early Intervention Track, Protecting Children, 23(1-2), 23.

Contact Information

David Thompson
Agency/Affiliation: Minnesota Department of Human Services
Phone: (651) 431-4701

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2021

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: December 2011

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: December 2011