Key Takeaway

The 2010 Foster Parent Support Pilot (FPSP) study was designed as the first step in a process to determine whether the Mockingbird Family Model (MFM) could be an efficacious foster care model.

The 2010 Foster Parent Support Pilot (FPSP) study was designed as the first step in a process to determine whether the Mockingbird Family Model (MFM) could be an efficacious foster care model. The study was terminated due to a low rate of foster parent participation, revealing a significant program barrier prior to the implementation of a much more costly, full scale evaluation. Early evidence revealed that the MFM worked well when certain foster parent needs were met. Those needs included: 1) more direct support or mentoring; 2) more knowledge of and access to resources and services; 3) enhanced communication with caseworkers; and 4) support and guidance with the foster children's biological families.

Citation

Barkan, S., Elias, K., & Marcenko, M. (2010). Foster Parent Support Pilot Study: Final Report. Seattle, WA: University of Washington School of Social Work, Partners for Our Children.