- June 2016
- Vol. 17, No. 4
New Reunification Factsheet for Families
When children are placed in foster care, it can be very stressful for everyone in the family. Families can have lots of questions, and they may feel anxious, worried, or overwhelmed. But foster care is not forever. Children and youth can and do return home to their families. In fact, this is the most common outcome. According to the latest Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System report (PDF - 136 KB), 51 percent of children exiting foster care in fiscal year 2014 were reunited with their parents or primary caretakers. Child Welfare Information Gateway published a new factsheet for families that provides a general overview of the reunification process, including what parents can expect while their children are in foster care, what they can do to help their children return home, and what to expect after children return home. Resources available to help families during and after reunification also are included. Questions and topics addressed include the following:
- What can I expect while my children are in foster care?
- What can I do to help my children come home?
- What will happen as reunification gets closer?
- What can I expect after my children come home?
- What other resources can help me and my family?
Child welfare professionals can share this factsheet with the families they serve to help prepare them to successfully reunite with their children and to spread awareness of the reunification process during 2016 National Reunification Month, and all year long. To access Reunification: Bringing Your Children Home From Foster Care, visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway website at https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reunification/.