Supporting Biological Parents in Child Welfare Cases
Amanda Mitten, M.A. and Hannah Frye, M.A.
This workshop will aim to provide support to professionals in the inclusion of biological parent(s) who are involved in the child welfare system. A focused approach towards family reunification that includes increased attention on child safety, family well-being, and community partnerships resulted in a rate of reunification at 76% compared to a control group of 44% (Chambers, Brocato, Fatemi, & Rodriguez, 2016). This suggests the importance of community collaboration and involvement of biological parent(s) across all aspects of the child welfare case. As such, this presentation will discuss these approaches, emphasizing inclusion of biological parent(s) throughout, recommendations for the management of difficult parent behaviors, and a focused discussion related to provider/professional perception of the parent(s) as a means of supporting success.
- Identify empirical evidence for parent-child visitation in child welfare cases to support ongoing inclusion of the biological parents in services for meeting long-term goals of family reunification
- Identify recommendations for the management of difficult/ challenging emotions and behaviors demonstrated by biological parents in therapeutic services
- Identify creative strategies to engage biological parents in services with and/or without their children in cases of foster care placement