KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

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

How Parenting Assessment Saved My Family After Abuse

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Mar 07, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

Guest Post by

A Parent Who Requested to Be Anonymous

My name is Cassie, I'm a single working mother with two kids. While getting out of an abusive relationship, my only support system was my mother and caseworker through that difficult time. To be frank, my life was falling apart. I felt like a terrible parent to my own children, and I couldn't bear to go to work at the daycare.

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parent-child relationship, domestic violence