By Elizabeth Fernandez
Reunification is a main aim of foster care structures and the commonest permanency making plans choice. it truly is outlined because the go back of kids positioned in protecting care to the house in their start family members and used to explain the act of restoring a toddler in out-of-home care again to the organic relatives. but reunification decision-making and the method of reintegrating youngsters into delivery households is still lower than researched. This short takes a glance at kinfolk reunification wisdom and study in Australia the place there's facts that almost all young children positioned in protecting care are ultimately reunited with their start mom and dad. It explores how a data of reunification selection making and results can give a contribution to strengthening perform and informing coverage formula and application making plans in baby Welfare.
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For the majority of families multiple factors contributed to the decision to place a child in care. It was less likely for caseworkers to attribute placement to a single factor when multiple factors were identified both primary and secondary reasons acted together to trigger trajectories into care. Child neglect is the main reason leading to entry into a temporary family care program, followed closely by substance misuse by parents. Caseworkers identified all forms of child abuse, physical, emotional and sexual, as reasons children came into care.
Harris Family, Caseworker) It was actually very poor. I mean safety issues, it didn’t have a back door. It was really poor quality; I was quite surprised it was a community housing house because it wouldn’t have passed inspection really. (Howard Family, Caseworker) These interview excerpts reveal the way in which inadequate housing and physical environment compounded the issues these families were already confronting. In the first excerpt, an environment rife with drug dealing and drug use created an environment that hindered sobriety for the parent who was attempting to abstain.
Two instances were noted of fathers experiencing violence from female partners. Caseworkers frequently referred to domestic violence issues within the family however the details of these incidents were at times scant. This perhaps again may relate to women being reluctant to seek help or divulge domestic violence for fear of children being taken away (Laing 2000). Caseworkers’ focus was to a lesser extent on the harm experienced by women but significantly on how women were responding to keeping their children safe.