Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

When doing your best isn't good enough; parents with intellectual disabilities and the child welfare system
by Ballard, Kathy D., Ph.D., Indiana University, 2015, 127; 3715817
Abstract (Summary)

Issues related to parents with intellectual disabilities (ID) raising children are complex. Parents with ID may have difficulty adequately providing for their children, intellectually, emotionally and financially. Parents with ID may have difficulty making decisions regarding their parenting role (Anous, Goupil & Feldman, 2003; Budd & Greenspan, 1981; Feldman, Sparks & Case 1992; Heighway, Kidd-Webster & Snodgrass, 1988).

Frequently parents with ID find themselves involved with the child welfare system because of the issues mentioned above.

This study reflects the personal experiences of parents with ID who are involved with child welfare. This is a qualitative study in which in-depth interviews were conducted with six parents identified as having ID, as well as two child welfare workers and six home-based staff. The findings resulted in the following recommendations:

1. Addressing the problem before the family is involved with child welfare services and at risk for losing their children, would be more beneficial for the families.

2. Educating child welfare and home-based workers regarding the learning needs of this population.

3. Investing heavily in prevention services for these families will be beneficial in teaching these parents how to parent rather than removing their children from them.

4. Additional research into how we assist parents with ID in building support systems is needed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rogan, Patricia
Commitee: Anderson, Jeff, Mank, David, Marshall, Eldon
School: Indiana University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Special education, Individual & family studies, Public policy
Keywords: Child welfare, Intellectual disabilities, Parents
Publication Number: 3715817
ISBN: 9781321941173
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