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Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) is an approach developed by the Youth Law Center in California. It is an approach and a philosophy to strengthening foster care including kinship care, by refocusing on quality parenting for all children in the child welfare system. It is a process designed to allow communities to implement strategies and practices that will be meaningful and improve the quality of care within their own communities.

When parents can't care for their children, foster or relative caregivers must be able to provide the loving, committed, skilled care that the child needs, working effectively with the system to achieve the best possible permanency option for that child. Both the caregiver's parenting skills and the system's policies and practices should be based on child development research, information and tools.

Through the QPI process, stakeholders including foster parents, guardian ad litems, county case managers, advocates, foster alumni, birth families and others from our community will identify the core attributes of successful fostering and implement action plans to address the barriers that impact foster parents ability to provide the best quality care they can while children are in out of home placement. Through being intentional on how foster parents can be supported to partner with the child’s biological/natural family one objective of QPI is to improve the caregiving experience of the child and support family relationships.

When QPI is successful, caregivers have a voice, not only in issues that affect the children they are caring for, but also in the way the system treats children and families. Caregivers, agency staff and birth parents work as a team to support children and youth. 

Most of Minnesota’s private foster care agencies have provided the support to allow us to bring these facilitation, training and resourcing services to Minnesota so that our work together will create a model that is designed with and for our Minnesota community.

What is QPI?

Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) is an approach to strengthening foster care, by refocusing on excellent parenting for all children in the child welfare system developed by the Youth Law Center based in California.

QPI believes the primary goal of the child welfare system is to ensure that children have effective, loving parenting. The best way to achieve this goal is to support the child’s own parents to care for them. If that isn’t possible, the system must ensure that the foster or relative family caring for the child provides the loving, committed, skilled care that the child needs, while working effectively with the system to reach the child’s long term goals.

The key elements of the QPI process are to welcome stakeholders from every part of the system to mutually support one another and the system itself to:

  • Define the expectations of caregivers;
  • Clearly articulate these expectations; and then
  • Align the system to support all involved in parenting so the expectations can become a reality.

Why QPI?

QPI addresses challenging child welfare issues in our community such as re-entry rates, disparities, trauma, and recruitment and retention of quality foster parents. Established QPI sites across the country report improvement in outcomes related to: reduced unplanned placement changes, reduced use of group care, reduced numbers of sibling separation, more successful reunification, fewer children returning to out of home placement, and greater recruitment and retention of foster families.

Who is involved in QPI?

Anyone who is invested in positive outcomes for children and families in our community is invited to be involved in QPI: parents and professionals connected to the child welfare system, foster and relative caregivers, foster youth and alumni, individuals from diverse communities that experience disparities within the system, advocates for children and families, community and faith leaders, judicial and legislative representatives.

What does involvement in QPI look like?

Through the QPI process, all stakeholders including foster parents, guardians ad litem, county case managers, advocates, foster alumni, birth families and others from our community will identify the core attributes of quality parenting that we want to support for all children and youth in our child welfare and foster system.  Stakeholders will design and implement action plans to address barriers and generate support for all children and families in our child welfare system.

For more information:

Mary Regan, Executive Director, AspireMN  mregan@aspiremn.org

Kirsten Anderson, Assistant Director, AspireMN  kanderson@aspiremn.org

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