Reunification Between Parents & Their Children Who Were Placed in Foster Care

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Associate Professor Fernandez found that child welfare systems were lacking in their efforts to provide interventions to enhance reunification between parents and their children who had been placed into the foster care system.

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Reunification Between Parents & Their Children Who Were Placed in Foster Care

  1. 1. Reunification Between Parents & Their Children Who Were Placed in Foster Care THE ISSUE: Fragile Families NETWORK 2014
  2. 2. "Accomplishing Permanency: Reunification Pathways and Outcomes for Foster Children“ Study • followed 168 children from 96 families over a four-year period • explored the perspectives of caseworkers, care givers & parents in the temporary care program This was a study reviewed outcomes of temporary family care over a 20 year period. The study, A Systemic Approach to Admission to Care for conducted by Associate Professor Fernandez. Fragile Families NETWORK 2014
  3. 3. "Policies of family preservation emphasize reunification of children with their birth families wherever possible but this can only happen if the proper support is provided to parents." Researchers found that the provision of intervention and support is currently sparse and infrequent. Fragile Families NETWORK 2014
  4. 4. "Reunification needs to be planned and purposeful to avert children experiencing multiple placement changes and disrupted attachments" Associate Professor Fernandez Fragile Families NETWORK 2014
  5. 5. Rates of Reunification • 86 % lower for children with parental substance abuse ISSUES • 83% lower for children in care for abuse/neglect • 73% lower for children in care related to domestic violence Fragile Families NETWORK 2014
  6. 6. Study Outcomes: • Of the 168 children, 53% were reunified during the study • 25% of the cohort took 12 months to be reunified with their families • 13% of children had already experienced five foster care placements prior to their current placement Fragile Families NETWORK 2014

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