Reunifying Children with Their Families (Chapter 12 in Child Welfare: An Integrative Perspective).
Lewandowski, Cathleen A.
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This chapter examines family reunification, including prevalence and trends, factors associated with reunification, re-entry into foster care or recidivism, and services designed to ensure that children are reunified with their parents or caregivers safely and in a timely manner. Barriers to reunification are addressed, including parental or caregiver substance abuse, exposure to domestic violence, parental mental illness, parental incarceration, and homelessness. Key programs and laws relevant to reunification are also described. Discussion questions are included. Numerous references. (Author abstract modified)
family reunification; foster children; barriers; recidivism; reentry; risk factors; trend analysis; prevention