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Accomplishing Permanency: Reunification Pathways and Outcomes for Foster Children

by Fernandez, Elizabeth.
Authors: SpringerLink (Online service) Series: SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research, 2211-7644 Physical details: XIV, 154 p. 24 illus. online resource. ISBN: 9400750927 Subject(s): Social sciences. | Quality of Life. | Quality of Life %Research. | Developmental psychology. | Social Sciences. | Family. | Child and School Psychology. | Quality of Life Research.
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Chapter 1 – Introduction -- Chapter 2 - Characteristics of parents and children -- Chapter 3 - Reasons for children entering care -- Chapter 4 - Assessment and intervention -- Chapter 5 - Case plans and care management -- Chapter 6 - Care patterns and outcomes -- Chapter 7 – Contact -- Chapter 8 – Decisions about reunification and interventions to support children and families -- Chapter 9 – The carers’ contribution and experience -- Chapter 10 – Parental perspectives -- Chapter 11 - Conclusion: gaining an understanding of pre and post intervention characteristics.

Reunification is a primary goal of foster care systems and the most common permanency planning decision. It is defined as the return of children placed in protective care to the home of their birth family and used to describe the act of restoring a child in out-of-home care back to the biological family.  Yet reunification decision-making and the process of reintegrating children into birth families remains under researched. This Brief takes a look at family reunification knowledge and research in Australia where there is evidence that most children placed in protective care are eventually reunited with their birth parents. It explores how a knowledge of reunification decision making and outcomes can contribute to strengthening practice and informing policy formulation and program planning in Child Welfare.

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