Examining a Child Welfare Parenting Intervention for Parents With Intellectual Disabilities

Astraea Augsberger, Wendy Zeitlin, Trupti Rao, Danielle Weisberg, Noor Toraif

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Purpose: There is scant child welfare research on parenting interventions for parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). This mixed-methods research examined client participation in an in-home parenting intervention, including client characteristics, which clients benefit most from participation, and key aspects of program participation. Method: The sample included participant program records, client satisfaction surveys, stakeholder interviews, and a staff focus group. The quantitative data were analyzed using growth curves and binary logistic regression. The qualitative data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Results: Time spent in ProjectImproving Parenting Achievements Together was predictive of improvement in parenting skills and the home environment and reduction in the odds of out-of-home placement for children of parents with I/DD. The intensity of services, tailored education, community engagement, and client–worker relationship were the key aspects of program participation. Discussion: With proper supports, parents with I/DD can learn parenting skills, improve the home environment, and keep their family intact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-74
Number of pages10
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • child welfare
  • intellectual and developmental disability
  • mixed-methods research
  • parenting program
  • program evaluation


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