Resources

Roles in Reunification

Birth Parents

Partnering With Birth Parents to Promote Reunification

A publication by the Child Welfare Information Gateway focusing on strengthening partnerships between birth parents, foster parents and relative caregivers.

Foster Parents

Equipping Foster Parents to Actively Support Reunification

An article about preparing and supporting foster parents to help work toward reunification—whenever reunification is the goal—and to feel supported after children return home.

Resource Family Tip Sheet for Supporting Reunification

Tips and themes drawn from interviews with foster families who are outstanding supporters of reunification.

Resource Families Supporting Reunification

A summary of interviews with resource families and a discussion of two models that support creating a stronger culture among resource families to support reunification.

Former Foster Youth

On the Road to Reunification

D'Artagnan Caliman shares his journey through foster care to getting his MSW and being a national resource for other families. His enduring connections to his sister, mother, and others resonated with the team.

Parent Partners

Parent Partners: Resources for Families, Teams, and Systems

An article highlighting how parent partners support reunification and strategies for practitioners seeking to design and implement parent partner programs in their communities.

Visitation

Family Time/Visitation: Road to Safe Reunification

Research shows there is a strong connection between family time and safe reunification.  We know that quality family time is a key indicator of earlier, and safer, reunifications. This article highlights practices that can improve the experience and outcomes for the child and family.

Visitation with Infants & Toddlers in Foster Care

A practice & policy brief highlighting what attorneys and judges need to know to promote high-quality visitation between parents and very young children.

Cross-Border Families

Family Separation Happens at Our Borders Too

Protecting children requires partnering with their parents. Material support and services can safely stabilize many families in crisis while children remain at home, and the risk of leaving children at home must be balanced by the potential trauma of removal.

Older Youth

Reunification for Older Youth

A call by the Juvenile Law Center to support and expand safe and sustainable reunification for older youth who are in or at risk of entering the child welfare system.

Practice Models

How the Missouri Practice Model Transformed the State’s Child Welfare System

An overview of the Missouri Practice Model, a child and family-centered model that keeps families together through a collaborative approach.