This research documents the perspective of 100 parents who had an open case with the Department of Children and Family Service’s (DCFS) regarding their family’s well-being, reasons for referral and satisfaction with services. Two DCFS services, Family Preservation (FP) and routine Family Maintenance (FM) were examined using standardized instruments. Parents’ responses regarding reasons for involvement with the system differed from DCFS administrative data. FP parents had more children, were more likely to be monolingual Spanish speakers, and perceived greater improvement in discipline and emotional care of children and housing than FM parents. FP parents reported being satisfied with services. Implications include supporting community based culturally competent FP programs.
Lee, Cheryl D. and Ayon, Cecilia
"Family Preservation: The Parents’ Perceptions,"
Journal of Family Strengths:
1, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol10/iss1/4