Friday, March 12, 2010

Supporting Parents with Children in the Child Welfare System

The National Center for Children in Poverty recently released the report Supporting Parents of Young Children in the Child Welfare System. The report was based on information from an emerging issue roundtable conducted in 2007 that brought together policymakers, philanthropists, researchers, leaders in child welfare, and practitioners. The report explores research, proposes criteria for effective programs, and discusses strategies that can be used at the local, state and national levels to improve mandated parent training for families with children in the child welfare system. The report suggests that, at minimum, states, courts and communities need to choose interventions based on their value from the perspective of cost, relative to the desired results and relative to competing alternatives. It goes on to provide seven recommendations on how to improve parenting education with a focus on results.

For more information on a Framework for Policy Success.

For policies to support Building Strong and Stable Families.

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