LaBrenz, C.A., Wasim, A., Thompson, S.Z. et al. Increasing Family Engagement in Child Welfare Practice: Findings from a Pilot of the Texas Permanency Outcomes Project. Clin Soc Work J (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10615-023-00902-1

A new study presents information on family engagement in child welfare from a pilot of the Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP) Practice Model. This innovative model aims to increase family engagement and improve permanency outcomes for children in Texas foster care.

A total of n = 60 practitioners and caregivers completed the practice model training. Participants completed a pre-survey (before any training) and post-survey (six-months after completing the last training). The survey included scales related to family engagement, demographic information, and open-ended questions to expand on experiences with the training. All participants also completed a feedback form about overall experiences within one week of the training.

The team examined attitudes toward family engagement and family engagement practices using two scales developed uniquely for the project. We compared pre-post scores on the family engagement measures and used thematic analysis to qualitative code open-ended responses related to family engagement.

Four main themes emerged related to engaging families:

  1. Empowering families
  2. Sharing power
  3. Providing explanations for children
  4. Building a trusting relationship

LaBrenz, C. A., Wasim, A., Thompson, S. Z., Keller, B., Marra, L., Batchelor, J., & Faulkner, M. Increasing Family Engagement in Child Welfare Practice: Findings from a Pilot of the Texas Permanency Outcomes Project. Clin Soc Work J (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10615-023-00902-1