Parent Participation

This section highlights resources focused on the participation of parents and caregivers in children's care.

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Better Care Network, International Parent Advocacy Network,

This policy brief summarizes the key findings and recommendations from the International Review of Parent Advocacy in Child Welfare in low, middle and high-income countries, and identifies elements of a strategy to strengthen children’s care and protection through parent participation.


This report on the State of Uganda’s Fathers is the first of its kind. The first State of the World’s Fathers Report was published in 2015. This report was monumental in that it highlighted information about fathers and men’s caregiving globally.

Transforming Children's Care Global Collaborative Platform,

In this webinar, members of the International Parent Advocacy Network discussed parent advocacy and presented the literature review International Review of Parent Advocacy in Child Welfare: Strengthening Children's Care and Protection Through Parent Participation. The webinar included presentations from parent advocates who shared examples of parent advocacy in their contexts.

Ellen Syrstad & Ottar Ness - The Journal of Family Therapy,

This article explores the possibilities of a systemic approach in the support of parents whose children are placed in public care.

Tricia N. Stephens - Genealogy,

This commentary challenges the stereotypes created by hyper-attention to the struggles of child welfare-affected parents of color (CW-PaoC) and situates them, and their families, within the broader context of the American appetite for family separation, wherein specific types of families are targeted for scrutiny, intervention and regulation.

The Center for the Study of Social Policy,

The New Neighborhood is a limited series podcast that explores some of the dramatic changes taking place across the U.S. as people work to reinforce a sense of community, support young children and families, and work to build equity within communities.

Anna Rockhill - Child & Family Social Work,

This article describes the benefits of monthly family team meetings for parents involved with child welfare. Findings are shared from semi‐structured, qualitative interviews conducted with 17 parents whose children had been placed in substitute care.

Montserrat Fargas-Malet and Dominic McSherry - Journal of Family Issues,

In this article, the authors describe young people’s emotional responses to birth family, and highlight implications for theory, research, and practice.

Tyrone C. Cheng and Celia C. Lo - Children and Youth Services Review,

This secondary analysis involved exclusively parents with children placed in kinship care by a child welfare agency. It examined associations between parents’ receipt of needed services and 6 sets of variables measuring parents’ needs, access to service providers, social structural factors, demographic factors, family resources, and child welfare interventions experienced.

Emelie Shanks and Ylva Spånberger Weitz - Adoption & Fostering,

This article explores birth parents’ views on their needs and perceptions of support delivered by two different interventions: one offering support to individuals and the other providing a parental group.