Accomplishing Permanency: Reunification Pathways and by Elizabeth Fernandez

By Elizabeth Fernandez

Reunification is a first-rate target of foster care platforms and the commonest permanency making plans selection. it's outlined because the go back of youngsters positioned in protecting care to the house in their beginning relatives and used to explain the act of restoring a toddler in out-of-home care again to the organic relations. but reunification decision-making and the method of reintegrating childrens into beginning households is still below researched. This short takes a glance at kinfolk reunification wisdom and study in Australia the place there's proof that almost all kids positioned in protecting care are finally reunited with their beginning mom and dad. It explores how an information of reunification choice making and results can give a contribution to strengthening perform and informing coverage formula and software making plans in baby Welfare.​

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For example in up to half the number of families, caseworkers specified lack of support as a factor accounting for children’s placement into care, though it was not rated as the number one reason for entry into care. By contrast, where parental drug and alcohol abuse was identified, this behaviour was rated as the most significant reason for placement in the majority of these cases. Parental substance abuse therefore is more likely to be a primary factor in children’s placement than a family experiencing lack of formal or informal support, though both feature in the constellation of reasons cited by caseworkers.

In one family the caseworker summarised the evidence of neglect: Failure to meet any medical needs, mum wasn’t attending any medical appointments or anything like that. None of the kids had been attending school for the whole year. I think Edward hadn’t been attending for almost two years…pretty much they had not one bed in the house. There was no food, the kids were basically asking the neighbours for food…all the kids … had issues with the medical stuff, they were all born below birth weight and apparently mum never followed things up with that.

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