Organizations plan for National Reunification Month

February 16, 2012

For the third year, the ABA Center on Children and the Law, the National Association of Counsel for Children, theNational Council of Juvenile and Family Court JudgesCasey Family ProgramsRise Magazine, the National Center for State Courts, and the American Humane Association are working to promote nation-wide reunification celebrations. 

This year we are promoting June as National Reunification Month.

The goal of National Reunification Month is to celebrate families and communities coming together and to raise awareness about the importance of family reunification for children in foster care. We can use reunification events to focus on families, and that focus should last all year long!

We hope that communities will take time to publicly recognize the importance of reunification at the beginning of June through proclamations or other public displays. We also encourage celebration events to be held the week of Father’s Day. However, it is important that reunification celebrations be held whenever it works for your community. We encourage you to promote this effort in your state, territory, or tribe.

Reunification with family is the preferred outcome for children removed from their homes and placed in foster care. Every year, hundreds of thousands of children are successfully reunified with their families. Reunification takes work, commitment, and investment of time and resources by parents, family members, social workers, attorneys, courts, and the community.

Celebrating reunification enables communities to:

- Celebrate the accomplishments of families who have overcome an array of challenges to reunify safely and successfully.

- Inspire other parents – particularly those going through the recovery process – that it is possible to confront and resolve the issues that led to their separation, and to reunify with their children

- Recognize the vital role that community partners – including child welfare workers, mental health and substance abuse providers, courts and judges, foster parents, and others play in helping to reunify, strengthen, and support families.

Please visit the National Reunification Month website  to learn more about events that occurred in prior years, to get planning tools, and to register your event. 

Please also feel welcome to contact Dr. Martha-Elin Blomquist, PPCD Model Court Liaison, at mblomquist@ncjfcj.org or 775-774-1254 if you have any questions.

 

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