The Children’s Bureau’s Role in Promoting Parent Engagement and Family Support: A Brief History and Current Efforts

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Journal of Family Strengths, ISSN: 2168-670X, Vol: 12, Issue: 1, Page: 3

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Brodowski, Melissa; Hernandez, Liliana; Brown, Angelique; Lamble, Christine
child welfare; parent engagement; family support
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Over the years, federal child welfare policy has supported parent engagement and family support strategies through various Children’s Bureau funded state formula grant programs, research and demonstration discretionary grants, and technical assistance. This article highlights programs funded by two federal laws, Promoting Safe and Stable Families and the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, and Children’s Bureau’s efforts to test innovations and disseminate knowledge about promising and evidence-based practices regarding parent engagement and family support. The article begins with a brief legislative history and then describes several grant programs that are supported by the legislation. The article concludes with lessons learned and a discussion of the new opportunities for system changes through the Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration projects.