Outcomes of the Iowa Parent Partner program evaluation: Stability of reunification and re-entry into foster care

Jeff M. Chambers, S. Lint, Maggie G. Thompson, Matthew W. Carlson, Michelle I. Graef

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Abstract

In an effort to facilitate family engagement with services, improve reunification outcomes, and empower the families they serve, child welfare agencies across the country have developed and implemented programs designed to provide peer mentoring. These programs work to identify parents who have successfully navigated the child welfare system in the past and train them to mentor parents who are currently in the system. The current study used a quasi-experimental design and propensity score matching to examine the outcomes for children of families served by the Iowa Department of Human Services Parent Partner program, one of the earliest and most established programs in the country. Results indicated that the children of program participants were significantly more likely to return home at discharge from their foster care placement than the children of matched non-participants. Additionally, Iowa Parent Partner program participants were significantly less likely to have a subsequent child removal within 12 months of the child returning home than matched non-participants. No significant differences were found between the children of program participants and children of matched non-participants in the total time in out of home care or subsequent child removal within 24 months of returning home. These results suggest that participating in the Iowa Parent Partner program can meaningfully improve the outcomes of children and families. Limitations and implications of the current study, as well as recommendations for future research, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104353
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume104
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2019

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Keywords

  • Child welfare
  • Mentoring
  • Parent partner
  • Reunification
  • Subsequent removal
  • Wraparound

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  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Outcomes of the Iowa Parent Partner program evaluation : Stability of reunification and re-entry into foster care. / Chambers, Jeff M.; Lint, S.; Thompson, Maggie G.; Carlson, Matthew W.; Graef, Michelle I.

In: Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 104, 104353, 09.2019.

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