This report shares findings from an evaluation study conducted in an effort to learn more about the parent organizing model implemented by the Child Welfare Organizing Project (CWOP) in East Harlem, New York City and identify the role and impact of CWOP community representatives on birthparents, families, and child safety conference outcomes. CWOP community representatives attend child safety conferences with birthparents to provide them with emotional support, resources, and information about their rights and responsibilities within the child welfare system. The community representatives, who are familiar with the community and resources available, help parents as they take steps to either ensure that their children remain safely home or become reunified with them after a removal. The study investigated perceptions of multiple stakeholders (i.e. birthparents, community representatives, and child protective services staff) about this model; examined birthparents satisfaction levels with CWOP representatives' services; depicted barriers to parental engagement and factors promoting engagement; and discussed dynamics in collaboration between community representatives and child protection services.
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Child Welfare Organizing Project: Community Connections: Program Evaluation Final Report.