Parent Partners/Children and Families of Iowa
The Parent Partners program includes innovative changes in social work practice. It celebrates individuals who have overcome obstacles through change, recovery, and accountability, and uses their skills to mentor families who are currently navigating through the child welfare system as their children are in foster or kinship care. Parent Partners demonstrate advocacy and effective communication while holding families accountable.
The Parent Partners mentorship is a key strategy to improving practice with families, but it cannot stand alone. Parent Partners network within communities and partner directly with DHS, child welfare staff, systems, and agencies. Parent Partners collaborate with social workers and providers to meet the needs of families, assist in policy and program development, change perceptions in communities, and facilitate trainings and learning opportunities.
Parent Partners and DHS commit to multiple joint-learning opportunities. Examples include, but are not limited to: Parent Partners, allies, and aides attending meetings, workgroups, and trainings within DHS offices to foster cultural change and build relationships; assisting DHS in meetings, committees, task teams, presentations, conferences, etc. to incorporate parent perspective; and instilling Community Partnerships’ four strategies and mission.