Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Social Work (MSW)
This study examines the success of the Iowa family preservation program when working with parents who are mentally retarded or considered to be low functioning by the referring social worker. The Iowa family preservation program is an intensive 45-day program designed to prevent out-of-home placement. The program works with parents to teach them skills to parent effectively while addressing therapeutic issues to form healthy family relationships. The data was collected by reviewing case fires at a private agency that provides family preservation services. Through program evaluation design, I have analyzed data corrected by the agency since 1987. A total of 12 files were identified to have parent(s) with a mental retardation diagnosis or considered to be low functioning by the referring social worker. There are no indications from, this study that Family Preservation Services are less successful for families with developmentally disabled parents than other families .
Zoet, Laurel B., "Implications of Family Preservation Services When Working with Parents Who Are Developmentally Disabled" (1993). Theses and Graduate Projects. 309.