Key Takeaway:
This article discusses adaptations to make Staying Connected, an evidence-based parenting program designed to support adolescent children in avoiding high-risk behaviors, more relevant for foster families.

Author(s)

This work adapts an Evidence-Based Parenting Program for Families Involved in the Child Welfare System. As part of a process to adapt Staying Connected, an evidence-based parenting program, for the child welfare population, the authors conducted a series of focus groups with child welfare staff, foster caregivers, and young adults who were involved in the foster system as teens. While there remains a need for evidence-based parenting programs for families involved in the child welfare setting, this study found that the lack of a meaningful connection between caregivers and youth in their care created significant barriers to program implementation. The authors propose program adaptations designed to make Staying Connected more relevant for foster families.

Citation

Storer, H. L., Barkan, S. E., Sherman, E. L., Haggerty, K. P., & Mattos, L. M. (2012). Promoting relationship building and connection: Adapting an evidence-based parenting program for families involved in the child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(9), 1853-1861.