For children with developmental delays, early intervention provides hope and enhances the developmental capacities for children with developmental delays, increasing their likelihood of independent living. However, if families refuse to engage in early intervention services, then the child’s development would be more at risk. At present, few studies focus on the involuntary families in early intervention in Taiwan. Nevertheless, social workers play an important role in early intervention for involuntary families. If we seek to understand how social workers work with involuntary families in early intervention, the issues and predicaments that social workers face, along with the coping strategies they employ, it will be useful to utilized as a reference for future social workers in early intervention when they work with involuntary families.
This qualitative study utilities in-depth interviews, using a purposive sample to involve five social workers and social work supervisors from the Child Development Early Intervention Referral Center as participants. Based on the results of the study, five research findings were identified, including “why parents refuse early intervention services”, “the problems and challenges that social workers face in early interventions”, “the response strategies that social workers use in early interventions”, “the importance of cooperation between reporting agencies” and “the impact of the process specifications and regulations on social workers in early interventions”.