- June 2020
- Vol. 21, No. 5
June Is National Reunification Month
For this year's National Reunification Month, Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children's Bureau, released a suite of publications focused on promoting successful partnerships between birth parents, caregivers, and caseworkers to achieve child welfare's ultimate goal: the reunification of children and families.
Successful partnerships, such as those between birth parents and caregivers or caseworkers and older youth, often make the difference in ensuring reunification or achieving permanency. When foster or relative caregivers model positive communication and practical parenting skills, or when they make sure that visits are constructive, they are laying the foundation for success. The same can be said for when caseworkers work alongside older youth to make sure they fully understand and explore their permanency options—partnering makes the difference. The following suite of resources features the lived experience of youth in foster care, foster and relative caregivers, and the parents they serve to model a constructive approach for working together toward positive outcomes:
- Partnering With Birth Parents to Promote Reunification
- Partnering With Relatives to Promote Reunification
- "Birth-Foster Parent Mentoring Teams"
- Integrating Foster Parents in Permanency Planning
- Creating and Maintaining Meaningful Connections
- Working With Children, Youth, and Families in Permanency Planning
Visit Information Gateway to find these important resources on reunification as well as a wealth of other resources to support and strengthen families.