Posted 11-05-2018
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust report by Jessica Cocks, 2016 Churchill Fellow

This fellowship has explored a range of initiatives and programs that aim to build a family inclusive approach to child protection and out of home care (child welfare) practice especially when children have been removed by statutory child welfare agencies and placed in care.

Posted 11-12-2017
Promotion of Civic Engagement with the Family Leadership Training Institute - 2017

This article evaluates the American Family Leadership Training Institute which the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) in Queensland, is based on.

“In this efficacy trial, the Family Leadership Training Institute was found to have a substantial impact on civic knowledge, confidence, and engagement; effects related to civic engagement endured for as much as 5 years…

This is the only evaluation so far of a family leadership program to include a comparison group and assess long-term outcomes. Thus, a case can be made that participation in FLTI—which emphasizes empowerment, leadership development, civic engagement, and collective well-being—does contribute to greater social capital (Van De Valk & Constas, 2011) as well as community health (Bloemraad & Terriquez, 2016).”

Posted 21-11-2017
Parents Voices: Out-Of-Home Care Reforms in Queensland September 2017

This report and its recommendations have been prepared by the Brisbane Partnerships (a partnership between Kyabra, Micah Projects, the Community Living Association and Jabiru) and the Family Inclusion Network SEQ. We welcome the opportunity to work with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, in their review of out-of-home care for children, with this contribution on the views of birth parents.

Posted 19-09-2017
Submission on the Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill 2017

Micah Projects and the Family Inclusion Network welcome the opportunity to provide this submission to the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic Violence Prevention Committee regarding the Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill 2017.

Posted 18-07-2017
Parents as Leaders

Introducing the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) and its 2016 inaugural graduates!

The participants took part in the 2016 pilot program, encouraging each other to act on issues that impact their families and to become leaders in their communities.

They now have the skills and knowledge to influence issues and policies that affect their families, from neighbourhood to state level. Parent Leadership Training is run in partnership with the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) from Connecticut US and the Family Inclusion Network SEQ.

Posted 31-05-2017
Parent Leadership Training Institute Program Evaluation Report

Evaluation by Professor Karen Healy, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Queensland 2016

The Family Inclusion Network – South East Queensland (FIN SEQ) operating under the auspices of Micah Projects conducted a Parent Leadership training initiative in Brisbane. The pilot operated over a 15 week period between August 28, 2016 and November 30, 2016.

At the commencement of the program participants were asked to complete a survey and at the completion of the program, participants were asked to complete a ‘post’ survey. This analysis focuses on a comparison of the pre and post surveys.

Posted 31-05-2017
The Parent Leadership Training Institute Brisbane - Graduates of 2016

The 2016 Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) Graduates book summarises the classes and parent projects presented during the Brisbane pilot of PLTI.

Since completing the Parent Leadership training parents continue on their leadership journeys and continue to influence change in their families and communities. Feel free to contact us if you have an interest in their projects or would like to mentor emerging parent leaders in future classes.

Posted 31-05-2017
Queensland Child Protection Parent Perspectives Study

A study by Clare Tilbury, School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University, May 2017

This research explored levels of parent satisfaction with statutory child protection services in Queensland.

Through a self-administered survey, parents whose children were subject to statutory child protection intervention were asked about their satisfaction with aspects of service delivery. The survey was conducted in two waves during 2016.

Systematically obtaining client opinions about human services is a mechanism to give a voice to clients in performance measurement, and is essential to continuous improvement and ongoing quality assurance. It is also consistent with the principle of recognising service users as active agents in interventions and promoting their autonomy.

Posted 31-05-2017
‘No voice, no opinion, nothing’: Parent experiences when children are removed and placed in care

University of Newcastle, NSW Research Report by Dr Nicola Ross, Jessica Cocks, Lou Johnston, Lynette Stoker, 2017

In 2014 and early 2015 Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter Inc (FISH) held two landmark research and practice forums designed to explore the importance of family inclusion in child protection and out of home care practice and of family relationships for children in care. The forums included the voices of parents and carers with children in care and dramatically highlighted the need for this research. The research team was formed following those events.

Posted 29-05-2017
Growing and Sustaining Parent Engagement: A Toolkit for Parents and Community Partners

Prepared by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, Washington, D.C. December 2010

The Toolkit was commissioned by First 5 LA’s Partnerships For Families, Los Angeles, USA as a quick and easy guide to help support and sustain parent engagement. It provides how to’s for implementing three powerful strategies communities can use to maintain and grow parent engagement work that is already underway: Creating a Parent Engagement 1) Roadmap, 2) Checklist and 3) Support Network.