Reunification: Keeping The Baby In Mind.
Published: January-February 2018
Fostering Families Today
Vol. 17, No. 6 , p. 26
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This article explains reunification with primary caregivers can be highly stressful and traumatic for infants and young children and emphasizes the need for collaboration between parents/caregivers, systems, and providers with specialized expertise to ensure the success of reunification and positive developmental outcomes. It notes the reunification plan and follow-through should be responsive to the infant/child’s temperament and interpretation of the changes and relationships.
family reunification; infants; preschool children; child development; parent child relationships; childhood trauma; trauma informed practice