Shared Family Care: Out-of-Home Care Programs for Serving Parents and Children Together

Richard P. Barth*, Lysbert T. Zeinstra, Bethany R. Lee, Annemiek T. Harder

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Abstract

Helping children and parents remain together, despite significant parent or child problems, is a key objective of child welfare services. One option is to place whole families together into out-of-home settings. We searched peer-reviewed and gray literature and solicited input from international networks to identify the range of family placement programs available. We identified three key types of “shared family care.” Shared Family Foster Care (SFFC) involves sharing of care and intensive modeling of effective parenting by a host family that engages in mentoring of the parent and parenting of the child. Shared Residential Care (SRC) programs involve sharing of care and intensive modeling of effective parenting by professional staff as they engage parents and children in what had often been child-only residential programs. Family Residential Treatment Programs (FRT) also place parents and children in residence together. FRT programs are often aligned with inpatient treatment units. Active programs that illustrate each type are described. Through this typology and detailed information of currently active shared family care programs, policymakers and program designers can consider which kinds of programs have the most potential for implementation and sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-46
Number of pages23
JournalResidential Treatment for Children and Youth
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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