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Take Me HomeProtecting America's Vulnerable Children and Families$
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Jill Duerr Berrick

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195322620

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322620.001.0001

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Reunification: One Pathway Home

Reunification: One Pathway Home

(p.30) Chapter 3 Reunification: One Pathway Home
Take Me Home

Jill Duerr Berrick

Oxford University Press

Federal, state, and local governments combined, spend over $20 billion annually on the child welfare system. A large proportion of that effort is focused on helping parents and children reunite. But research tells us almost nothing about the types of services that help parents bring their children home. New efforts using concentrated reunification services and concerted concurrent practice could help boost safe reunifications for families and promote long-term permanency for children. This chapter suggests new models of permanence for families that are even-handed for parents and appropriate for children. These efforts include changes in child welfare policy and practice that are: time-sensitive, responsive to parents’ needs for real services, reasonable in their expectations of case workers, foster parents and judges, and are permanency-oriented from the first days of care.

Keywords:   concentrated services, concurrent practice, re-entry, permanency-orientated, long-term permanency

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