Accomplishing Permanency: Reunification Pathways and Outcomes for Foster Children

  • Elizabeth Fernandez

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


Reunification is a primary goal of foster care systems and the most common permanency planning decision. It is defined as the return of children placed in protective care to the home of their birth family and used to describe the act of restoring a child in out-of-home care back to the biological family.  Yet reunification decision-making and the process of reintegrating children into birth families remains under researched. This Brief takes a look at family reunification knowledge and research in Australia where there is evidence that most children placed in protective care are eventually reunited with their birth parents. It explores how a knowledge of reunification decision making and outcomes can contribute to strengthening practice and informing policy formulation and program planning in Child Welfare.​


birth parents children birth families foster care foster care system foster children reunification children

Authors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth Fernandez
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  1. 1.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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