Child & Youth Care Forum

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 43–56 | Cite as

Residential Staff’s Changing Attitudes Toward Parents of Children in their Care: Rationale and Healing Effects on Children, Parents, and Staff

  • Emmanuel Grupper
  • Irit Mero-Jaffe
Original Paper


A pilot project in Israel, regarding parent’s involvement in their children’s education in residential care was evaluated. The dual goals were changing staff’s attitudes toward parents, and empowering parents. During the school year, parents were invited to participate in bi-weekly dynamic group workshops in the residence (parents only and parents–children), and to 3–4 “Family Days,” in addition to sharing special parent–child summer camps. Results indicate considerable success: children, parents, and staff felt that the project had improved their ability to deal successfully with their everyday challenges, with parents viewing themselves as having been most rewarded.


Residential care Parent’s involvement Group home Children and youth at risk Direct care worker 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationBeit Berl Academic CollegeTel AvivIsrael

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