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June 2020Vol. 21, No. 5Foster Care: A Path to Reunification Podcast Series

Reunification is the ultimate goal for families involved with the child welfare system who have children in out-of-home care. The Children's Bureau, along with its information service Child Welfare Information Gateway, released a two-part podcast series, Foster Care: A Path to Reunification, to underscore the importance of strengthening and supporting these families as they prepare for reunification.

Part 1 shares the work of the Center for Family Life in Brooklyn, NY, which is an organization that provides a variety of services, including child welfare services, to families in the Sunset Park neighborhood. Listen to the center's codirector, Julia Jean-Francois, as she discusses her insights and perspectives on how the organization creates and delivers trauma-informed tailored support to families with children in foster care as well as how the center works to ensure these children maintain their daily routines as best as possible.

Part 2 features the San Diego Health and Human Services Agency Children's Services program and the effective methods, tools, and lessons learned that improve services and outcomes for children and families in San Diego. Listen to perspectives and insights from Children's Services staff—including Margo Fudge, protective services program manager; Valesha Bullock, deputy director; and Kim Giardina, deputy director—as they discuss important partnerships with county community colleges and regional partners, trauma-informed services to help strengthen and heal families, recruiting resource families for children in care, and placing children within their own familiar communities.