Key Takeaway

This report provides a brief overview of four parent engagement/mentoring models (Icebreaker meeting, Parent to Parent Program, Parent Mentoring Program, and Parent Partners Program) currently being implemented in Washington State.

A brief overview of four parent engagement/mentoring models currently being implemented in Washington State is provided by this report. The four models summarized are:

  1. the Icebreaker meeting, a facilitated meeting held shortly after a child is removed so birth and foster parents can meet each other and share information about the needs of the child;
  2. the Parent to Parent Program, designed to increase early engagement of birth parents newly entering the dependency process;
  3. the Parent Mentoring Program, in which skillful, experienced foster parent mentors and social workers partner to mentor parents; and
  4. the Parent Partners Program, in which previously mentored parents help other parents through informative sharing and other forms of assistance.