Parenting Support

Families will require support when faced with problems they are unable to overcome on their own. Ideally support should come from existing networks, such as extended family, religious leaders, and neighbours. Where such support is not available or sufficient, additional family and community services are required. Such services are particularly important for kinship, foster and adoptive caretakers, and child headed households in order to prevent separation and address abuse and exploitation of children. It is also vital for children affected by HIV/AIDS and armed conflict, and those children living on the street.

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Lauren Pryce McCarthy,

This U.S.-based study aimed to explore how caregivers perceive their role in decision-making when accessing residential treatment settings (RTS) for youth using interpretive phenomenological analysis.

Baorui Chang, Yanhan Wei, Jiandong Fang,

This study uncovers the internal mechanisms through which parental care deficit impacts depression in left-behind children in China.

Nell Warner, Jonathan Scourfield, Rebecca Cannings-John, Olivier Y. Rouquette, Alex Lee, Rachael Vaughan, Karen Broadhurst, Ann John,

This retrospective, national-scale, observational e-cohort study of children entering care in Wales looked at the impact of cumulative risks of parental difficulties on the likelihood of care entry and the impact of the parent's sex.

Wenjing Shao, Fei Sun, Gretchen Sheneman, Michele Brock,

The purpose of this U.S.-based study was to examine two intervening variables, self-care and formal support that affect the relationship between children with behavioural issues and caregiver depression.

Kate O’Brien, Hannah King,

This is a report about the Parental Rights in Prison Project (PRiP) based in Wales and England aimed at supporting incarcerated parents who wished to sustain their relationship with their children who are in the care of the local authority, care of family and significant others or adopted and to provide them with legal advice and support around their rights as parents. 

Children's Bureau,

This 2023/2024 Prevention Resource Guide offers critical information, including concrete examples of how grant recipients and other Federal or national agencies are taking bold actions to authentically engage with and support families.

Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC),

To ensure a significant improvement in service delivery to children and their families, and specifically to the successful reintegration of children from residential care into families and communities, a case management approach, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and tools were required to support state and non-state service providers to standardize the way they promoted family care. This short insight document describes how the case management package was developed and rolled out.

Taylor Dowdy-Hazlett, Shelby L. Clark ,

This U.S.-based mixed-methods study explored foster parent satisfaction with intent to turnover and disrupt placement in 362 foster parents through regression analyses. It included foster parents in six mid-Southwestern states who participated in an online survey between June 2021 and January 2022.

Taylor Dowdy-Hazlett, Shelby L. Clark ,

This mixed-methods study included foster parents in six mid-Southwestern states in the U.S. foster parents serve a critical role in the child welfare system; however, many report being dissatisfied with their role. As such, dissatisfied foster parents are at risk of disruption and turnover, ultimately resulting in placement moves for youth in care. Placement moves have negative impacts on youth well-being, prompting a need to explore issues related to placement longevity related to foster parent satisfaction.


This ECDAN webinar discussed the current state of parenting support in crisis, efforts to deliver parenting interventions, and recommendations for delivery.