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May 07, 2024

Let's Celebrate Unified Families in June!

As part of the annual nationwide American Bar Association(ABA) Center on Children and the Law’s Family Reunification effort, every June the ABA celebrates parents and their children, kin and families, caseworkers, attorneys, judges and others as Reunification heroes through national reunification events on the ABAs website, along with hosting webinars and events over the past 10 years. This year, the ABA is broadening our focus and attention on family unity to include celebrating "Unification Month" signifying the importance of preventing removals and separations whenever possible and keeping families intact through advocacy, supports and services.

Going forward, the ABA will honor all types of families involved within the child welfare system, those who have reunified with their children as well as those who have been able to remain together without agency intervention or a removal. As we focus on family unity, let us remember that our goal is more than reunification, its unification. Unification events can and should celebrate the resource caregivers, attorneys, caseworkers and service providers who have fought tirelessly to support both family unification and reunification. They are heroes in the process and are needed and valued. But the center and focus of celebrations should always be families and our recognition of the importance of family.  Let’s celebrate and honor parents, listen to them and ask them what they need from us to keep their family joyfully whole.  

Below is the link for the Hero and Honored Support Team applications.

Please reach out to Alicia Foster [email protected] for more information or any questions about the Unification Heroes.  

Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2024.