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ERIC Number: ED353054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 62
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Toward an Effective Parenting Partnership for Children in Child Welfare Agencies and Foster Parent Programs.
MacLean, Ian N.
This practicum was designed to improve the level and quality of involvement of foster parents and social workers in the development of timely and compliant foster care plans at a child care agency in Ontario. The writer developed: (1) an agency policy that defined the unique relationship between foster parents and the child welfare agency and mandated the involvement of foster parents and the enhancement of the partnership relationship through a foster care plan; (2) an improved foster care plan format; (3) clear job descriptions for both social workers and foster parents; (4) a protocol for the development of foster care plans; and (5) tools for measuring the level and quality of foster parent involvement. A 4-hour training session was developed to train a group of 4 social workers and 10 foster parents. Also developed were exercises designed to obtain feedback from the social worker and foster parent after the completion of the foster care plan. Post-test results indicate improvements by those participating in the project with over 70% of the parents indicating a high "level" of involvement and 100% indicating a high "quality" of involvement. The appendices contain a statement describing the partnership relationship, a foster care plan format, and various instruments used to measure the level and quality of foster parent involvement. (SM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada