The Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) is an approach aimed at strengthening foster care. QPI focuses on excellent parenting for all children in the child welfare system.
When parents can't care for their children, a resource parent or relative must be able to provide the loving, committed, and skilled care that their children need. They must also work effectively with the system to achieve the best possible permanency option for those children. Becoming a resource parent or kinship caregiver is both rewarding and challenging.
QPI is an effort to better support resource and kinship families and to change the expectation of them. The key elements of the process are defining the expectations of caregivers, clearly articulating these expectations, and then aligning the system so that those goals can become a reality.
QPI enables caregivers, agency staff, and birth parents to work as a team to support children and youth. Communities who participate in QPI have formed networks that share information and ideas about how to improve parenting and to better recruit and retain excellent families. They develop policies and practices that are based on current child research to support skilled, loving parenting. QPI has also resulted in the development of innovative tools for resource parents and training resources.
The Philadelphia QPI committee consists of a diverse group of members including resource and birth parents, child welfare practitioners, and child advocates. The group meets once a month at an accessible location in Philadelphia.