Topic: Resource Parent Programs
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 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.
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, 12-18 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:
- KEEP SAFECaregivers of youth 10 to 18 years of age in foster or kinship care placements and the youth themselves
- Together Facing the Challenge (TFTC)Treatment foster parents and agency staff
- Treatment Foster Care Oregon for Preschoolers (TFCO-P)
[Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care for Preschoolers]Preschool foster children aged 3-6 years old who exhibit a high level of disruptive and anti-social behavior which cannot be ...
Four Programs with a Scientific Rating of 3 - Promising Research Evidence:
- FosterParentCollege.com® (FPC)Foster, adoptive, and kinship parents, as well as social workers and other professionals who work with resource parents
- FPC-IHS Blended In-Person and Online Pre-Service Training for Resource ParentsProspective foster, adoptive, and kinship parents of children in all age groups
- KEEP (Keeping Foster and Kin Parents Supported and Trained)Caregivers of children 4 to 12 years of age in foster or kinship care placements
- Neighbor To Family Sibling Foster Care Model
[Neighbor to Neighbor]Sibling groups of 2 or more children from infancy through seventeen years of age who are in the custody of the ...
11 Programs with a Scientific Rating of NR - Not able to be Rated:
- 30 Days to Family®Children ages 0-17 who have just entered or re-entered foster care and their families
- ARC ReflectionsFoster and other resource caregivers for youth age birth-18 years
- ConnectingYouth 11-15 years old currently in foster or relative care and their caregivers
- Parents as Tender Healers (PATH) – non-responder
- Permanency Navigator Program - Adoption Network ClevelandProspective adoptive parents and caregivers (e.g., grandparents and other relatives raising young children, foster parents, and adoptive parents) of ...
- PRIDE Model of Practice (Parent Resource for Information, Development, and Education)Prospective foster and adoptive parents and experienced foster parents; child welfare professionals who develop, support, and team with resource parents
- Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC)Foster, adoptive, and kinship caregivers of children or adolescents of all ages (0-21 years)
- Solihull Approach Foster Carer CourseFoster carers (i.e., foster parents) of children from infants to age 18 years
- Trauma Informed PS - MAPP (TIPS-MAPP)
[Partnering for Safety and Permanence - Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting]Prospective foster and adoptive families in both public and private agencies
- Trauma Systems Therapy – Foster Care (TST-FC)Resource and birth parents of youth aged birth-21and child welfare casework staff who work with those youth
- Trauma-Integrative Treatment Foster Care (TI-TFC)Foster parents, or potential foster parents, of children and youth age 0-21 years who have experienced complex trauma or neglect ...
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
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.