Me and my Foster Family: Developing an intervention to enhance parental monitoring as a protective factor in family foster care

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Purpose: To fulfill their supervision and counselling responsibilities to foster parents, social workers need an effective way to indirectly monitor foster children’s mental health and learning ability within a model of tripartite parenthood. This article describe how we are developing an intervention aimed at enhancing parental monitoring as a protective factor in family foster care. Methods: Focusing on the initial parts of Fraser et al. (2009) step-wise model for intervention development and drawing on ongoing research, we describe the main challenges faced in developing a program theory of parental monitoring. Results: The product is a manual that can transform the agenda of counselling meetings based on the following prerequisites: appropriate standardized instruments, a common digital platform, training social workers and being responsive to municipal differences. Conclusion: Our experience thus far allows us to be cautiously optimistic about strengthening parental monitoring in family foster care.
Translated title of the contributionMig og min plejefamilie: Udvikling af en intervention for at forbedre forældre-monitorering som en beskyttelsesfaktor i anbringelser i plejefamilier
Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


  • social work and social conditions
  • family foster care
  • intervention
  • parental monitoring

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