Topic: Resource Parent Programs

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

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Definition for Resource Parent Programs:

Resource Parent Programs are defined by the CEBC as programs that focus on the location, identification, recruitment, education, training, support, and retention of adults who are interested in being resource parents or who are already resource parents. A resource parent can be a relative (kinship), a nonrelated extended family member (NREFM), or a nonrelated foster parent. Since 2009, the CEBC has highlighted resource parent recruitment and training programs. In order to include resource parent programs that focus on identification, education, support, and retention, the CEBC revised and expanded this topic area in May 2018.

  • Target population: Potential and current resource parents
  • Services/types that fit: Interventions to locate new resource parents or to provide training and support for new or existing resource parents
  • Delivered by: Child welfare workers or trained paraprofessionals
  • In order to be included: Program must specifically target the location, identification, recruitment, education, training, support and/or retention of resource parents as a goal
  • In order to be rated: There must be research evidence (as specified by the Scientific Rating Scale) that examines outcomes such as improvement in resource parent recruitment or retention, the knowledge or skills of resource parents, or permanency, safety, and well-being outcomes for the children in their care.
Downloadable Topic Area Summary

Programs in this Topic Area

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

One Program with a Scientific Rating of 1 - Well-Supported by Research Evidence:

  • Treatment Foster Care Oregon - Adolescents (TFCO-A)
    [Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care - Adolescents]
    Boys and girls, 12-17 years old, with severe delinquency and/or severe emotional and behavioral disorders who were in need ...

Three Programs with a Scientific Rating of 2 - Supported by Research Evidence:

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

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

Why was this topic chosen by the Advisory Committee?

The Resource Parent Programs topic area is relevant to child welfare because child welfare relies on foster/resource families and relatives to care for children who have been removed from the homes of their parent(s) or guardian due to abuse and/or neglect. At a time, when many counties and states are finding an increase in the needs for families for foster children, there is a declining pool of families available. Without a sufficient pool of families available for placement, it is difficult to match a child's needs to a family who can provide for a child's particular needs and issues. Placement becomes an exercise in finding a bed for a child rather than finding a family that is trained and given the necessary support to care for children that have special needs due to the abuse or neglect they have experienced. The need to increase the pool of trained families for foster children is important for the field of child welfare. The Advisory Committee is interested in finding innovative and evidence-based strategies that have been effective in the recruitment, training, and support of families that care for foster children. Counties have used traditional methods for finding these resource families and need new strategies for finding and supporting foster/resource families.

Danna Fabella, Director, Linkages Project
Child and Family Policy Institute of California
Sacramento, CA

Topic Expert

Resource Parent Recruitment and Training Programs was one of new topic areas launched in 2009. John Orme, PhD was the topic expert and was involved in identifying and rating any of the programs with an original load date of March 2009 or earlier (as found on the bottom of the program's page on the CEBC). The topic area has grown over the years and in 2018, the topic area was revised and expanded. All of the Resource Parent Programs added since 2009 were identified by CEBC staff, the Scientific Panel, and/or the Advisory Committee. For these programs, Dr. Orme was not involved in identifying or rating them.