Based on a comprehensive review of the theoretical and empirical literature of factors that shape efforts to engage parents in child welfare, Kemp et al. (2009) developed the following typology describing six core dimensions of engagement and related intervention strategies.
Client status: stigma, marginality
Negative service experiences
Knowledge, skill building, empowerment
Consultation and inclusion
Inclusive family-centered, organization cultural factors
Peer to peer programs
Foster/birth parent mentoring
Mental Health (adult and child)
Focusing on preconditions and engagement strategies, in this symposium we present findings from worker and parent surveys designed to examine the relationship between these two dimensions of the typology. Data for these analyses were drawn from a baseline survey of child welfare workers (n=971) and parents (n=810) participating in an evaluation of a western State's implementation of a parent engagement practice model. The first paper reports the predictors of workers' use of engagement strategies and the second paper reports the predictors of parents' perceptions of the degree to which the worker employed engagement strategies. In the third paper we compare the level of agreement regarding engagement between workers and parents. Through these three linked presentations we aim to explore the factors that influence workers' engagement approaches and parents' experiences of engagement in child welfare.