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April 2018Vol. 19, No. 3Resource Family Tip Sheet for Supporting Reunification

Reunification, when appropriate to the best interests of the child, is the preferred outcome for youth in out-of-home care. Foster parents can play a vital role in helping that outcome come to fruition. The American Bar Association Center for Children and the Law interviewed several foster families who were recommended by state and tribal child welfare agencies. With the information and insights gleaned from these interviews, the Center for Children and the Law released a short reunification support tip sheet for resource families that centers on the following themes:

  • Respect birth parents and be compassionate
  • Encourage visitation and regular contact
  • Communicate with the family regularly
  • Remember that safe reunification is best for the children

The tip sheet has many straightforward, actionable tips that resource families can implement to help them support their foster child and the child's birth parents in reunification, from helping facilitate visits and phone calls to staying in contact with the birth family and keeping them up to date on their child. This tip sheet can give resource families a relatable place to start in their journey of supporting reunification.

Resource Family Tip Sheet for Supporting Reunification is available at (243 KB).