ERIC Number: ED307740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
In Support of Families.
This report describes family support through the experiences and testimony of eight families. The eight families, who had children with very difficult health and behavioral problems, were participants in the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center's Family Support Program, near Detroit, Michigan. Interviews were conducted to give voice to the families who were using family support, to understand their perspectives on their experiences with it, and to see its positive aspects and its dilemmas. The report examines the family situations, by looking at the conditions of the children, the parents' view of their child-rearing role, the family's acceptance of the children's handicapping conditions, leisure time activities, and foster parents' views of their work as both a job and a responsibility to a child they grew to love. The families' perceptions of the role of the family support program are also examined. Families indicated that they wanted: an alliance between caseworkers and families; a caseworker that helps with the child but does not intrude on the family; recognition from the caseworker that parents are knowledgeable sources of information about the child; an ally with whom to transform the system; and provision of equipment, medical care, cash, and respite care. (JDD)
Descriptors: Agency Role, Child Rearing, Children, Disabilities, Family Environment, Family Programs, Foster Care, Interviews, Parent Attitudes, Parent Education, Social Agencies, Social Support Groups
Syracuse University, Center on Human Policy, Research and Training Center on Community Integration, 724 Comstock Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244-4230 ($3.35).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.
Note: Paper presented at the Convention of the American Association on Mental Retardation (Washington, DC, May 29-June 2, 1988).