Publication Details

Frame, L., Conley, A. & Duerr Berrick, J. (2004). Birth parents and the reunification process: A study of the Mendocino County model. California, United States: University of California, Berkeley.


The purpose of this study is to closely examine key services offered by the Mendocino County Family Service Center (MCFSC), in order to better understand the change process for birth parents in the child welfare system, their service needs, and the potential usefulness of the MCFSC model in meeting those needs. In particular, the study sought to examine the role of the Intake and Empowerment groups, to identify the key components of the group interventions that appeared to facilitate a change process for birth parents; and give voice to the experience of birth parents with respect to this change process and the services they have received.