However, this isn’t always the easiest process to deal with – from both the child’s perspective, and the perspective of the foster family. As a foster carer, showing your support for the reunification of children and their biological parents is vital to ensure a transition which is as smooth as possible. Learn tips on how to support the child reunification process now.
Reunification is the reunion of children in foster care returning to live with their birth parents or guardians. This is usually the end goal for most children in foster care – and the parent and child reunification plan will likely have been worked towards throughout the entire time the child has been in care.
As a foster parent or family, it can be hard when reunification gets closer. It’s likely you’ll have built up bonds with the young person or child you’re fostering, as they may have with your own children, too. But as a foster carer, it’s important to show you support reunification. Some of the best ways to do this can include:
One of the main objections for fostering is the prospect of reunification. It’s common to hear many people say, “I would love to be a foster carer, but I couldn’t give back the child…”. However, it’s important to emphasise the massive effect you will have on a young person’s life.
Here at Capstone Foster Care, we offer full support for the parent and child reunification process – right from the beginning of your foster care placement. It’s embedded into your work that as a foster parent, you are helping a child to be able to go back home – and the likelihood that this child will stay with you as their forever home is often slim.
But that doesn’t mean that you’re forgotten about. The importance of work that foster carers do to facilitate reunification is imperative – and we offer a wide support network such as therapists for foster carers, and access to foster carers who’ve experienced this before. There’s often a preconception that when the foster children are taken away from the foster families it’s all negative. Yet, with the right support and the right foster care team behind you, expectations are managed from the start – and reconciliation between foster child and biological family can be extremely rewarding to see.
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