In 2014, more than 400,000 children and youth were in foster care in the United States. For many of those children and youth, family reunification is the most common outcome. Parents need information and resources to help navigate the child welfare system and work to successfully reunify as quickly and safely as possible. Child Welfare Information Gateway launched a new factsheet that connects parents and caregivers to information and resources to help answers their questions and concerns about the child welfare system, and outlines what to expect during the reunification process and how to access other helpful information. Access Reunification: Bringing Your Children Home From Foster Care at https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reunification/.
This year’s National Foster Care Month theme is “Honoring, Uniting, and Celebrating Families.” In addition to this new factsheet, the Children’s Bureau’s 2016 National Foster Care Month website offers tools and resources about family reunification specific to parents, but also for child welfare professionals, foster families and kinship caregivers, youth, Tribes, and communities. The Children’s Bureau has also partnered with the American Bar Association’s National Reunification Month campaign via cross-promotional activities that further support efforts to strengthen family reunification.
For more information, contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at NFCM@childwelfare.gov or 1.800.394.3366. Your feedback is important to us! Be sure to visit the 2016 National Foster Care Month website and let us know your thoughts by taking our survey!