KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Oprah: A New ACEs Champion

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 02:08 PM

Oprah Discovers ACES!

Oprah has become a passionate champion for broadcasting the alarming impact of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). ACEs refers to the profound long-term impact that traumatic childhood experiences have on health and well-being. One could hardly find a more beloved TV/movie personality and billionaire to champion this long-overlooked cause! In a recent segment on the 60 Minutes television series

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parent-child relationship, court involved, adverse experiences/toxic stress, ACE

Survey and Observational Assessments Not Correlated in CPS & Court-Involved Families: Implications for Services

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 @ 06:50 PM


In a previous KIPS Blog, you learned about the MOVE program, an innovative, 13-week mandated parenting program for families affected by intimate partner violence (IPV) and involved in the court or child protective service systems.  Practitioners working with these families and the courts influence life-changing decisions on parent-child visitation and custody.  However, this critical work is hindered by two major difficulties.  First, there is a lack of research on how to effectively support families who have experienced IPV.  Second, few of these decisions are based on reliable evidence regarding the strengths and needs of these families. This is why I’ve been eagerly awaiting the results of the MOVE program evaluation study.

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Tags: parenting behavior, parenting assessments, court involved, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, MOVE program

Innovative Program for Families Affected by Domestic Violence

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 @ 03:37 PM

MOVE is an innovative 13-week program serving court-entangled families that have experienced domestic violence.  This guest post describes how parenting assessment is being used to document MOVE outcomes by a team at the University of North Carolina School of Social Work.  

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting practices, parenting assessments, court involved, domestic violence, protective services

My CPS Caseworker Went from Threat to Mentor via Parenting Assessment

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 @ 09:03 PM

Lisa's husband had just left her and their three children when she first answered the door to meet Beth.  The apartment was upside down, the kids had just eaten and were a mess, and the baby was fighting a nap in the loudest way possible.  A "concerned party" had placed a call to social services because they were worried about the kids, and Lisa's ability to care for them without a job.  She was terrified, and sure that this visit would end in the loss of her children.  

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Tags: parent improvement, Parenting Assessment, court involved, divorce, child abuse/neglect prevention

Using Parenting Assessment to Support Court-Involved Families

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Feb 07, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Easter Seals Vermont provides a variety of family engagement services across the state.  In seven child welfare districts, Easter Seals staff work alongside the Department for Children and Families social workers to provide preventative and restorative services.  One of the programs developed by Easter Seals is called Family Time Coaching, based on Marty Beyer’s Visit Coaching innovation.

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Tags: parent improvement, Parenting Assessment, parent assessment, court involved