Who We Support
Many parents entering the child welfare system feel scared, hopeless, angry, and overwhelmed. These experiences have been noted nation-wide, including feedback from a recent parent focus group conducted by the Children and Family Council of Oklahoma County. To strengthen the foundation for parent engagement and successful child outcomes, NorthCare developed a Parent Partner program. Parent Partners are individuals who have previous involvement with child welfare and have successfully overcome their challenges. These are individuals who are ready to mentor other parents. Parent Partners is an approach that has demonstrated successful outcomes over the last decade in Contra Costa County, California and Iowa.
As a component of a holistic system of support for child welfare involved families, Parent Partners support three specific objectives: Increase the percentage of children reunified with their parents; Decrease the time children are in the care of child welfare; and decrease recidivism for children re-entering the care of child welfare.