Implementation of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Within Foster Care: An Attempt to Translate an Evidence-Based Program Within a Local Child Welfare Agency

Topitzes, J., Mersky, J.P., McNeil, C. (2015). Implementation of parent-child interaction therapy within foster care: An attempt to translate an evidence-based program within a local child welfare agency. Journal of Public Child Welfare.

This article describes an implementation project in which parent-child interaction therapy was adapted for and tested within foster parent training services. The authors recount multiple steps involved in translating an evidence-based intervention to child welfare services: (a) specifying the child welfare context for implementation and testing purposes, choosing an intervention model that responded to child welfare service needs, and tailoring the model for the child welfare setting; (b) securing external funding and initiating sustainability plans; and (c) forging a university-community partnership. The article concludes with a discussion of promising preliminary study results, future implementation plans, and lessons learned.

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