Effective parenting is critical to human development. Good parenting begins with having a choice and control over when parenting begins, having science-based and socially fitting parenting skills; having an array of supports for parenting; and having social supports and models. Yet, schools of social work teach very little about these parenting topics. In addition, our social programs are poorly designed to support parents—especially those most vulnerable to failing as parents. Richard Barth’s presentation will present work from his career activities related to parenting—prevention of unwanted parenting, shared family care, safe haven laws, parent university, and birth match.
Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, is Professor and Dean at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He has previously served as a chaired professor at UC Berkeley and the University of North Carolina. He has authored or co-authored many books, book chapters, and articles that present original research, review research, or reflect on the lessons of research for child welfare practice and policy. He has conducted evaluations that range from pilot projects to statewide initiatives and has used a variety of types of data to inform the design and redesign of child welfare services as related to child abuse prevention, parent training, substance abuse treatment of child welfare families, family reunification, foster and residential care, KEEP, child fatalities, and post-adoption services.