Recruitment and Retention in a Parenting Intervention: A Case Study with Parents Aging Out of the Child Welfare System.
Schelbe, Lisa. Radey, Melissa. Holtrop, Kendal. Canto, Angela I.
Published: July-September 2018
Journal of Social Service Research
Vol. 44, No. 4 , p. 557-568
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
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Parenting interventions are efficacious in reducing child maltreatment and negative child behaviors, yet the recruitment and retention of parents, especially vulnerable parents, in such interventions can be challenging. Prior research identifies several ways to improve recruitment and retention including laying the foundation for the intervention, fostering relationships with parents, ensuring fit of the intervention with the intended population, and identifying barriers to parents’ participation. This case study presents a process of recruiting and retaining a vulnerable group of parents, specifically parenting youth aging out of the child welfare system. In addition to outlining the strategies used, lessons learned are highlighted. Parents expressed interest in the parenting intervention, experienced significant needs, negotiated great instability in their lives, and valued the social connections facilitated by the group intervention. Despite the research team following best practices and investing significant time and resources, recruitment and retention remained challenging. Implications for future work in this area are presented. (Author abstract)
parent education; parenting skills; recruitment; parent engagement; barriers; aging out; adolescent parents; foster adolescents;