The Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI)

The Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) is one of Our Community Our Kids innovative approaches to strengthening the quality of care provided to children and youth living in foster care.

 

The Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) is one of Our Community Our Kids innovative approaches to strengthening the quality of care provided to children and youth living in foster care by using branding and marketing principles. It is a process designed to help Our Community Our Kids as the region 3b sole source continuum contractor, our network partners, community partners and Texas Family Protective Services to develop new strategies and practices, rather than imposing upon it a predetermined set of "best practices." This initiative is designed to promote quality care for children in foster care by redefining the expectations and roles of caregivers while strengthening the system and providing resources and tools. The core premise of QPI is the primary goal of the child welfare system is to ensure that children are safe and have effective, loving parenting. The best way to achieve this goal is to enable the child's own parents to care for him or her. If and when that isn't possible, the system must ensure that the caregiver (foster, relative, kinship, and adoptive) provide the child with effective, skilled and loving parenting.

 

Elements of QPI?

The key elements of the QPI process are:

  • To partner with caregivers (foster, relative, kinship, and adoptive) and child welfare professionals in identifying system improvements
  • To define specific expectations of caregivers and child welfare professionals
  • To clearly articulate these expectations
  • To provide resources to caregivers
  • To align the system so that these goals can become a reality

The major successes of the project have been in the systems change and improved relationships between foster parents and birth parents, and foster parents and child welfare agencies. Communities have also reported measurable improvement and outcomes for children and youth such as:

  • A reduction in unplanned placement changes
  • Keeping children within our community
  • A reduction in the numbers of siblings separated
  • Keeping children safe with quality caregivers

Participants of QPI

The success of QPI is predicated on the participation of a wide variety of partners to include the following:

  • Caregivers (birth, foster, relative, kinship, and adoptive parents)
  • Community partners such as those from the faith community, LGBT community and business community
  • Child welfare professionals, administrators, caseworkers, home developers, recruiters, etc.
  • Child Advocacy Center, CASA
  • Service providers, Education, Medical, Mental Agencies
  • Department of Family and Protective Services

 

Our Community Our Kids Quality Parenting Statement

Our Community Our Kids parents are teachers, healers, and advocates for children and their families. They are real parents committed to raising children. They meet the unique needs and nurture the strengths of each individual child. They are respected and valued and an integral part of the team. They are supported in helping children lead normal lives and in maintaining lifelong connections with children and their families.

Goals of QPI

As a result of QPI, Our Community Our Kids has identified these mission critical goals:

  1. Address critical issues for children that assure they are moving toward permanency
  2. Define high quality parenting for birth parents, resource parents and agency staff
  3. Provide high quality parenting to children in the child welfare system
  4. Develop a model for foster parent recruitment, retention and support that defines and clearly articulates expectations of caregivers

 

Our Community Our Kids QPI Framework

There are two overall components of OCOK QPI framework:

 

  1. Steering Committee - Responsible for the overall implementation of the initiative. This committee reviews and approves the recommendations of the subcommittee and sees that the initiative continues to move forward while accomplishing the mission critical goals.
  2. Subcommittees - Four subcommittees have been identified to align with the goals of QPI and those are:
    1. Advocacy/Communication
      • Create a comprehensive QPI communication plan on how to educate stakeholders and infuse QPI across programs.
      • Promote a promise to prospective and existing caregivers that they will be respected, well trained, skilled partners in providing high quality parenting.
      • Identify sustainable changes in practice to support the new vision of QPI in many program areas.
      • Teaming for coordinated communications with foster families
      • Assist in improving quality assurance to address critical issues for children and assure they are moving toward permanency.
      • Involvement in court process – Legal in broad sense, Interpretation of standards – uniform – Liaison for RCCL – assist in creating applicability.
      • Court proceedings – process and communications.
      • Click here to access Common Abbreviations in Child Welfare.
      • Click here to view your "My Care Team" contact document.
    2. Recruitment/Retention
      • Modify recruitment materials to reflect new vision
      • Ensure foster parents/caregivers as an integral part of recruitment efforts
      • Develop a model for foster parent recruitment, retention and support that can be used in general and targeted recruitment activities
      • Develop retention activities to acknowledge and support parenting among foster parents and relative caregivers that complement the TDFPS overall retention plan found in other workgroups.
      • Setting up appropriate expectation for recruiting and retention of foster families.
    3. Training
      • Setting up appropriate expectation for training (i.e. mentoring, updated training, TBRI, healthcare, education, navigation).
      • Provide training that meets the needs of caregivers, families and children in care,
      • Standardized the curriculum for pre service and ongoing training to ensure consistency.
    4. System Resources

Our Steering Committee

ACH Child and Family Services
Arrow Child and Family Ministries
Azleway Inc
The Bair Foundation
Brazos Christian Church
Buckner
CASA
Caring Hearts for Children
CK Family Services
Children’s Hospital
Cook Children’s
Department of Family and Protective Services
Eckerd Kids
ECI
Foster’s Home for Children
The Giocosa Foundation
Gladney Center for Adoption
Johnson Dorsey Law Firm
Kids First Inc
Kind2Kids
Lifeline Children and Family Services
MHMR
New Horizons Ranch and Center Inc
New Day Services
The Parenting Center
Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services
Project-44
R.I.S.E.
Southside
Tarrant County Bar Association
Texas Baptist Home for Children
Texas County Foster Parent Association
Texas Family Initiative
TCU – Institute of Child Development
Upbring Foster in Texas

Foster Parents:

Andrea Moseley - CPS
Cindy Bright - Lifeline Child and Family Services
Nathan & Kayla Buchanan - Arrow Child and Family Ministries
DeEdra Clinkscales – ACH Child and Family Services
Angela and David Cook - New Horizons
Denise Blakney – CK Family Services
Chad and Tonya Dowdy - New Horizons
JR & Sheree Patterson - Arrow Child and Family Ministries
Jimmie Sampley – Upbring Foster in Texas
Karen Shadden - Texas Family Initiative
Lane Lewis – Arrow Child and Family Ministries
Lynn Taylor – Texas Baptist Home for Children
Michelle Baker – Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services
Sherry Hill – Upbring Foster in Texas
Tiffany Harris – ACH Child and Family Services
Wilma David-May – CK Family Services
Yvonne Miller – ACH Child and Family Services
ACH Child and Family Services

Program Contact

Linda Garcia, PhD

Director of Community Relations

[email protected]

817.502.1325