Evident Change Report Leads to Clearinghouse Inclusion of Parents Anonymous®


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Evident Change Report Leads to Clearinghouse Inclusion of Parents Anonymous®

September 7, 2021 | by Evident Change

A father is hugged by his son.

Parents Anonymous was rated a “supported practice” by the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse based on an Evident Change study. This rating allows child welfare agencies across the country to pay for Parents Anonymous services with funding under the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA).

To receive FFPSA funding, jurisdictions are required to implement evidence-based programs designed to prevent children from entering foster care. The Administration for Children and Families created the clearinghouse to provide objective and transparent review of research on programs and services developed to support families.

Evident Change conducted the Parents Anonymous study to clearinghouse specifications, examining the program’s effectiveness in two large California counties. Results showed that a referral for child abuse or neglect and a substantiated child abuse or neglect finding were both significantly less likely in the study’s treatment group than the comparison group at 12 months following the treatment period.

Parents Anonymous offers weekly two-hour support groups for parents and caregivers based on the belief that parents can best help other parents by sharing their experiences and building a community of support. Support groups are held separately—but at the same time and location—for the children of participants. Parents and caregivers can join a group at any time and attend for as long as they want.

Along with Parents Anonymous, Evident Change has helped other agencies with their FFPSA efforts. Our team includes doctorate-level researchers as well as advanced social work practitioners with singular expertise at helping to evaluate programming to see if it meets federal standards. Learn more here.