KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Protect Children, Reduce Impact of Neglect. Build Nurturing Parenting

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Feb 13, 2019 @ 12:21 PM

 Since 2017 we have been witnessing a devastating US practice of separating immigrant children from their families at the US-Mexico border.  In early February 2019, Dr. Jack Shonkoff stepped forward to testify to a U.S. Congressional committee that is investigating the response of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to this family separation policy  He explained that the trauma that can be caused by such forced family separation and the long-term effects of toxic stress will continue to accumulate until children and their parents/caregivers are reunited. His testimony presented the scientific evidence needed to analyze the effects of the family separation policy.  Dr. Shonkoff is a renowned pediatrician, researcher and the Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.  He went on to clarify:

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Tags: parent-child relationship, parenting assessments, child abuse/neglect prevention, adverse experiences/toxic stress, nurturing parenting

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

What’s Wrong with “Home Visiting”? New Research Says . . .

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 02:12 PM

The Pew Charitable Trusts held the Fifth National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs in Washington, DC this month.  It offered an abundance of information on cutting edge home visiting research and interventions.  Like last year (if you missed it, see our blog), one of the most thought-provoking sessions was about the messages conveyed to moms by the words Home Visiting.

At this year’s Summit the same public opinion research and communication strategists, Bill McInturff and Michael Bloomfield, presented another series of studies on Language to Engage Families (Select Presentation Materials tab; Scroll down to Morning Plenary: Language to Engage Families).  Like last year, they concluded that Home Visiting is the wrong term for what many of us do, and especially for engaging families in valuable, much-needed services.  The researchers emphasized that Home Visiting sends the wrong message to gain support for funding from adults in the general community (surveyed last year), as well as to enroll moms who are prospective home visiting program participants.

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Tags: home visiting, parenting assessments, engagement-parent, family, community, family support-partnership-services

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

Parenting Assessments: Rejoice in Funding! Prevent Agony of Rejection

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Aug 08, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

Are you afraid of getting rejection letters after spending your evenings and weekends writing funding proposals?  Speak to what funders are seeking, evidence-based models and measures that show how children and families grow from your services.   Similarly, board members want to know that your parenting services make a difference in families lives.  In this week’s blog we’ll offer some guidance to increase the chance of your parenting services proposals being funded.  

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Tags: measuring parenting, outcomes assessment, parenting assessments, parenting program funding - advocacy