Family Engagement and Retention in Prevention Services
Resources addressing the engagement and retention of families in parent education, home visitation, and other types of prevention programs. Resources include State and local examples.
The Children's Bureau's Role in Promoting Parent Engagement and Family Support: A Brief History and Current Efforts (PDF - 236 KB)
Brodowski, Hernandez,. Brown, & Lamble (2012)
United States Children's Bureau
Journal of Family Strengths, 12(1)
Highlights programs funded by two Federal laws, Promoting Safe and Stable Families and the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, and Children's Bureau's efforts to test innovations and disseminate knowledge about promising and evidence-based practices regarding parent engagement and family support.
|Chronic Child Neglect|
|Series Title:||Bulletins for Professionals|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway.
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|Year Published:||2013 - 20 pages|
|Discusses what we know about chronic child neglect and reviews ways to work with families experiencing chronic neglect, including critical elements of successful casework practice, examples of what agencies are doing, and ways agencies can integrate child welfare approaches to chronic neglect with prevention and early intervention efforts. Examples of promising interventions and programs are included.|
|Engaging Families in Case Planning|
|Series Title:||Bulletins for Professionals|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2012 - 13 pages|
|Discusses the importance of involving families in case planning and provides strategies for caseworkers and agencies that can encourage and support family engagement. Strategies include family teaming, solution-based casework, and structured decision-making, among others. Outcomes from States' Child and Family Services Reviews show the need for employing new strategies to engage families. Three examples are provided of innovative ways that agencies are promoting family engagement.|
Family Engagement: A Web-Based Practice Toolkit
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
Presents an online self-study assessment tool for programs, States, and Tribes for reviewing core principles of family engagement practice. The tool is designed to review overall agency readiness, administrative policies, and program strengths and challenges in engaging and working with families.
Family Leadership and Perspectives
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (2012)
Offers resources and State and local examples of engaging families to continue to improve outcomes for children and their families.
A Guide to Creating Partnerships with Families
California Department of Education & WestED Sacramento (2nd. ed.) (2010)
Provides professionals in California child care facilities with guidance and strategies for creating partnerships with families, including establishing partnerships, developing two-way and multiway communication, ensuring the initial contact with the program sets the tone for a deeper relationship between teachers and family members, and setting the stage for developing trust in relationships.
Lack of Parent Engagement in Home Visits: Parent or Professional Problem? (PDF - 4342 KB)
Roggman, Boyce, & Innocenti (2010)
Offers slides from a presentation at the Conference in Research Innovations in Early Intervention that discuss the role of parent engagement in home visiting services, review problems of low parent engagement, and share findings from a study that examined strategies used by 25 home visitors in a Part C Early Intervention Program.
Practice, Policy and Implementation: An International Annotated Bibliography of Family-Engagement Strategies in Child Welfare
American Humane Association (2013)
Offers a searchable annotated bibliography including summaries of more than 60 peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed articles and reports pertaining to the practice of family group decision-making (FGDM) over a wide variety of topics, from the origins and development of FGDM practice, to the involvement of children in conferences, to the use of FGDM in efforts to reduce racial disproportionality and disparities in child welfare and other family engagement approaches in child welfare.
Putting the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework to Work in Your Program: Integrating Strategies for Program Progress (ISPP) (PDF - 1,198 KB)
United States Office of Head Start, National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (2012)
Explores examples of engagement strategies that lead to progress in reaching each of the Framework's Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) Outcomes. Information is provided on the goals of the Integrating Strategies for Program Progress (ISPP), targeted family outcomes from the PFCE Framework, and instructions for using the ISPP.
Who Completes Child Maltreatment Prevention Programs? (PDF - 57 KB)
Portland State University Research and Training Center for Family Support and Children's Mental Health (2008)
Summarizes a study finding that caregiver mental health and characteristics of the prevention program (i.e. length, relationship with staff) predict completion of a community-based intervention aimed at preventing child neglect.
State and local examples
Client and Service Use Predictors of Successfully Completing a Child Maltreatment Prevention Program
Theriot, O'Day, & Hatfield
Protecting Children, 24(2), 2009
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Examines a Family Connections program in Tennessee and finds that families receiving more comprehensive direct services and those served for a shorter time period were more likely to complete services.
The Family Development Matrix: Outcomes Model / Pathways Project (PDF â€“ 3,584 KB)
Endres & Navarro (2012)
Describes the role of family resource centers in using the Family Development Matrix Outcomes Model/Pathway to the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect project (FDM Pathway) process for family assessment and case management, the positive outcomes achieved, interventions used between 2008-2011, and initial findings on the impact of family engagement.
Family Risk as a Predictor of Initial Engagement and Follow-Through in a Universal Nurse Home Visiting Program to Prevent Child Maltreatment
Alonso-Marsden, Dodge, O'Donnell, Murphy, Sato, Christopoulos (2013)
Child Abuse and Neglect, 37(8)
Examines family demographic and infant health risk factors that predict engagement and follow-through in a universal home-based maltreatment prevention program for new mothers in Durham County, North Carolina.
Increasing Family Engagement in Early Childhood Programs (PDF - 610 KB)
Jor'dan, Wolf, & Douglass (2012)
Young Children, 37(5)
Profiles the Strengthening Families Initiative (SFI) in Illinois and shares findings from an evaluation of early childhood programs that had been participating in the Illinois initiative for more than 2 years including a review of parent and staff surveys, programs' completion of a survey instrument, interviews, site visits, and the difference participation in SFI made in their lives.
MiTEAM: Michigan's Child Welfare Practice Model (WORD - 148 KB)
Michigan Department of Human Services (2012)
Establishes a unified approach to improve family engagement practices, provides consistency in practice, clarifies roles and expectations, informs policy and training, and encourages family-driven solutions.
Partnerships for Families: Stories and Lessons From Los Angeles Communities (PDF - 2,908 KB)
First 5 LA (2010)
Presents the findings of a case study of Partnerships for Families, an initiative funded by First 5 LA to prevent abuse and neglect of young children, and also examines the national context for parent engagement efforts.
Practice Innovations in Child Welfare (PDF - 284 KB)
American Public Human Services Association
Highlights various innovative child welfare practices that are being implemented in different States by discussing common practice themes, including themes that focus on values and address client and family engagement, client and family centered, and cooperation and collaboration, and themes that focus on strategies and address organizational capacity and service delivery.
Working With Families Right From the Start
Massachusetts Department of Social Services
Resources and publications on this project aimed at improving the department's engagement and involvement with families.