Episode 187 - Dr. Elizabeth Greeno, Mathew Uretsky, and Dr. Patricia Chamberlain: Findings from a Parenting Intervention for Foster and Kinship Families

Monday, March 14, 2016, 7:47:50 AM

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In this episode, our guests wonder: How can you improve the quality of life for foster children and parents? They describe what they learned studying a parenting intervention for foster and kinship families. The Keeping Foster and Kinship Parents Trained and Supported (KEEP) program is reviewed, and the findings related to the impact on child externalizing behaviors, parent stress, and placement permanency are presented.

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Average Rating: 5stars  review, Sunday, February 09, 2020

By Abigail Barron :

This podcast was a very informative lesson on the KEEP program. The KEEP program is something that I did not know existed and is something that in my opinion, more people should know about and support. Dr. Greeno, Matthew Uretsky, and Dr. Chamberlain all had different perspectives on the program and how it applied to the different areas that they worked in. They all did a wonderful job explaining what KEEP was and made it compact enough for someone with no outside knowledge of it, such as myself, to be able to understand what the KEEP program hopes to accomplish. From the perspective of a social work student, hearing that the KEEP program was more focused on helping to improve the parents of foster care rather than the children was a refreshing take on the foster care population. It is in my opinion that children who are in foster care are a marginalized population to begin with, and implementing a program that focuses on what they need to change would further marginalize them. Alternatively, the KEEP program seeks to improve the knowledge and skills of foster parents, to make them better for the children and would potentially have an impact on the child as well. I found that the information presented was clear and concise, and is a very meaningful program to try and help those within the foster care system.

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Average Rating: 5stars  great program implementation, Friday, February 08, 2019

By Keiara W. :

I am glad that leaders in the social sector are realizing that not only do we need to take care of the children but also the families that are opening their doors to these children. Learning about the KEEP program was very insightful. I do not know much about the foster care and adoption system but through my next field placement, I am hoping to get more experience since this is the population I want to work with. It was also great to hear the success of this program in the Maryland area. I am hoping this work could go further and we could see program implementation here in Buffalo, NY just like KEEP!

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Average Rating: 5stars  an interesting view on social work research, Monday, February 20, 2017

By Amani M. :

I found this podcast to be a refreshing view into the bridge between research and practice in social work. Often in the social work field there appears to be a disconnect or some form of tension between direct care providers and academic researchers, however, the study and implementation of the KEEP program suggest that these two groups can work together to better their clients. In the podcast they talked about how when providers were offered a two day training on the program and asked if they wanted to participate in the program the providers responded more favorably to KEEP than when they were told they have to implement this program. This suggest that integrating the facilitators of the intervention in the early stages of research is a possible way to improve the relationships between researchers and “frontline” practitioners.
Matthew Uretsky also discussed how the researchers focused on building trust and engagement between the clients and the workers. The researchers focused on the problem behaviors which the parents identified as the most severe which allows the client to act as the expert of their situation. The researchers also discussed how they modeled positive behaviors with the clients which allowed the experience to remain positive for the clients. Matthew Uretsky described that this program was often the best interactions clients have had with child welfare workers. Although strengthening the relationship between worker and client was not the focus of this intervention I did find it to be the most interesting outcome of this research.

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Average Rating: 5stars  compelling research, Sunday, February 05, 2017

By Brittany G :

Learning about the KEEP Program, was insightful and interesting. My placement is with an agency that includes foster care and adoption. I have been able to learn a lot about the foster care system and am currently co-facilitating a program that teaches foster and adoptive parents the key aspects about foster care. Through this and personal experiences I have had with foster parents, I was very interested in learning about the KEEP Program. Each year foster parents have to go through five hours of training in order to keep their license; these trainings are about a variety of different things but not always things that may pertain to the household. I think that the KEEP Program would be a good thing to implement at agencies. It allows for the case workers or trainers to create specific trainings that would be most beneficial to the foster parents. Every child in care has had some sort of trauma in their lives. This may create behavioral problems, in which foster parents may not be aware of or know how to handle. The KEEP Program seems like it would be beneficial in addition to the MAPP Program, in which foster and adoption parents get certified. It would help foster parents by training them in techniques in order to relieve that stress that may be caused from fostering a child.
I believe that Dr. Greeno, Mathew Uretsky, and Dr. Chamberlain did an excellent job of describing and interpreting their results. They were informative and clear on the results of their research. They also did a good job of relating it to the current field of social work and foster care. Their podcast was informative and compelling.

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Average Rating: 5stars  very informative, Wednesday, February 01, 2017

By Liz :

I gained an abundance of knowledge of the foster care system after listening to this podcast. I enjoyed the out of state perspective and how the foster care system differs from New York State. Listening to the guests created a different perspective of the foster care system and how the children and parents are impacted. As a graduate student in the field of social work, this is something that I would be interested in learning more about.

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