When children must be removed from their families to ensure their safety, the first goal is to reunite them with their families as soon as possible.
Child welfare agencies implement multifaceted strategies that build on family strengths and address concerns. Such strategies may include family engagement, maintaining family and cultural connections, connecting families to evidence-based services in the community, regular and frequent visits among family members and with the worker, and parent education, among others.
Returning children home often requires intensive, family-centered services to support a safe and stable family. Services should be tailored to each family’s circumstances and should address the issue(s) that brought the child and family into the child welfare system.
The following resources offer an array of practices and strategies that support family reunification efforts in child welfare, including State and local examples.