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May 2006Vol. 7, No. 4University Practice Notes Address Trial Home Visits

A collaboration between public child welfare practitioners and the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota has produced an ongoing series of articles on promising practices for the child welfare field. The current issue of Practice Notes, Volume 18, addresses the topic of trial home visits, which are court-ordered placements of a child with his or her parents after a stay in foster care. The visits are closely monitored to assess parent readiness for reunification and the child’s safety, and the agency maintains legal custody of the child.

Practice Notes provide information on trial home visits specific to Minnesota, as well as more general information on visits and best practices, red flags for reentry, strengthening parenting capacity, the ethnic and cultural factor, and closing the case.

Archives for Practice Notes go back almost a decade. The series has covered such topics as family group decision-making and mental health screening for children involved in child welfare and juvenile justice.

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