The passage of the Adoption and Safe Families Act, (P.L. 105-89), considered the most important child welfare reform legislation in almost twenty years, shifts attention to children’s safety as the paramount concern that must guide all child welfare services. Nevertheless, the goals of family reunification and family preservation are maintained. Of the options for permanency, family reunification for a child in out-of-home care continues to be a crucial objective. It is imperative that child welfare professionals understand the key elements that maximize chances for successful reunification.
Practice Notes was developed in collaboration between CASCW affiliates and public child welfare practitioners. They were intended as a reference for practitioners, linking research with best practices. Issues were published between 1997 and 2010.
Reunification (PN #02).
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