Examining a Child Welfare Parenting Intervention for Parents With Intellectual Disabilities




Astraea Augsberger, Wendy Zeitlin, Trupti Rao, Danielle Weisberg, and Noor Toraif

Brief Type

Journal Publication



Purpose: There is scant child welfare research on parenting interventions for parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). This mixed-methods research examined client participation in an in-home parenting intervention, including client characteristics, which clients benefit most from participation, and key aspects of program participation. Method: The sample included participant program records, client satisfaction surveys, stakeholder interviews, and a staff focus group. The quantitative data were analyzed using growth curves and binary logistic regression. The qualitative data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Results: Time spent in Project Improving Parenting Achievements Together was predictive of improvement in parenting skills and the home environment and reduction in the odds of out-of-home placement for children of parents with I/DD. The intensity of services, tailored education, community engagement, and client–worker relationship were the key aspects of program participation. Discussion: With proper supports, parents with I/DD can learn parenting skills, improve the home environment, and keep their family intact. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Focus groups
  • Home observation
  • Interviews
  • Program administrative record reviews
  • Standardized assessment tools
  • Surveys or questionnaires



For More Information

Augsberger, A., Zeitlin, W., Rao, T., Weisberg, D., & Toraif, N. (2021). Examining a child welfare parenting intervention for parents with intellectual disabilities. Research on Social Work Practice31(1), 65-74. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731520958489
Author Contact Information:
Astraea Augsberger


  • Participant, Family, and Program Outcomes