2004 Jordan Institute
9, No. 2
These Parents Want in Support Services
Although there is no substitute
for asking each family individually what they want, child welfare workers
might find it helpful to know that many parents with cognitive disabilities
say they experience the following as effective support from professionals:
- Build a trusting, mutual
relationship with parents.
- Acknowledge the parents
role as head of household.
- Appreciate the love between
parent and child, despite the problems.
- Offer sustained, practical
support directed toward building the parents own skills and confidence.
- Match the family with support
personnel who have a genuine liking for the family.
- Recognize the emotional
needs of parents, and build parents confidence.
- Mobilize community supports;
connect with other agencies involved with a family.
- Integrate formal services
with the support and involvement available from the extended family,
neighbors, and friends.
- Turn to the parent to determine
the most effective direction for support.
- Develop an advocacy role
representing the family to the service system, rather than presenting
oneself to the family as an agent of the system.
1998; Booth & Booth, 1994.
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