The Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) was developed to ensure that every child removed from their home due to abandonment, abuse, or neglect is cared for by a foster family who provides skilled, nurturing parenting while helping the child maintain connections with their family.
QPI is based on five core principles
- Excellent parenting is the most important service we can provide to children and youth in care. Children need families, not beds;
- Child development and trauma research indicates that children need constant, consistent, effective parenting to grow and reach their full potential;
- Each community must define excellent parenting for itself;
- Policy and practice must be changed to align with that definition; and
- Participants in the system are in the best position to recommend and implement that change.
QPI is an approach, a philosophy, and a network of sites that share information and ideas about how to improve parenting as well as recruit and retain excellent families. It is an effort to rebrand foster care, not simply by changing a logo or an advertisement, but by changing the expectations of and support for caregivers. The child welfare system commits to fully supporting excellent parenting by putting the needs of the child first.
The key elements of the approach are
- Defining the expectations of caregivers,
- Clearly communicating expectations (the Brand Statement) to staff, caregivers and other stakeholders, and
- Aligning system policy and practice with those expectations.
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