Recent federal mandates require child welfare agencies to make reasonable efforts to reunify families after out-of-home placement. Consistent with those mandates, agencies are increasingly employing techniques from family preservation services intended initially to prevent out-of-home placement. The purpose of this article is to articulate a conceptual framework and practice guidelines for family reunification services and to describe an experimental reunification program based on a family preservation model. A case example illustrates the way in which the services affected one family that participated in the experiment.
Walton, Elaine; Fraser, Mark W.; Harlin, Catherine; and Lewis, Robert E.
"Intensive Family Reunification Services: A Conceptual Framework and Case Example,"
Journal of Family Strengths: Vol. 1
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol1/iss1/6