How the Framework of Implementation Science Guided an Evidence-Based Dependency Parenting Program Initiative in Florida

Lynne Katz, Sindy Gonzalez, Mary Anne Ullery, Jovasha K. Lang

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Abstract

In Florida, like most states, many of the parenting programs that are being utilized with families in the dependency system are non-evidence based, and fail to provide quantifiable data on parent progress during and after completion of the programs. Providing pertinent information in court on parents’ progress in a parenting program, as opposed to simply monitoring attendance, is a growing need voiced by dependency judges and child welfare case management professionals. Clear, reliable information related to parenting skills acquisition and insight can help to ensure that families involved in the child welfare system have access to quality services that improve outcomes for their children. The purpose of this paper is to detail how a statewide initiative to increase the number of Florida circuits providing evidence-based parenting programs to their clients utilized implementation science to guide their process, and the degree to which the participating circuits achieved full implementation of evidence-based parenting programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-78
Number of pages10
JournalJuvenile and Family Court Journal
Volume67
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • child welfare
  • dependency programs
  • evidence-based practices
  • implementation science
  • parenting programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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