Family reunification is the most desirable permanency goal and is the most common outcome for children in foster care. Child welfare agencies are required to implement multifaceted strategies that build on family strengths while ensuring safety. Such strategies may include family engagement, maintaining family and cultural connections, connecting families to evidence-based services, regular and frequent visits among family members and with the worker, and parent education. Returning children home often requires intensive, family-centered services that support a safe and stable family. Services should be tailored to each family's circumstances and must address the issue(s) that brought the child and family into the child welfare system.
When reunification cannot be successfully achieved, permanency is often found with relatives or adoptive families or through strong relationships or connections with siblings and caring adults. The following resources highlight the role parents, youth, foster parents and caregivers, communities, and child welfare and related professionals can play to support and promote the goal of family reunification.