ERIC Number: EJ1123719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Meaningful Change for Children in Foster Care: Much More than Just Reunification
Dickson, Amy B.; Callahan, Kristin L.; Osofsky, Joy D.
ZERO TO THREE, v36 n6 p13-18 Jul 2016
The youngest children in foster care suffer disproportionately. The Adoption and Safe Families Act (1997) attempted to provide greater safeguards for children, which led courts to push for earlier reunifications between foster children and their biological families. Although no one wants young children to languish in the foster care system, early reunification is not always beneficial to the children or their families, particularly when families receive little support. Reunifications should ideally occur only after the family has demonstrated growth and the ability to successfully meet their child's physical and emotional needs. Effective family support entails addressing the caregivers' own trauma and supporting them to make meaningful change.
Descriptors: Foster Care, Young Children, Child Welfare, Juvenile Courts, Parent Child Relationship, Family Programs, Trauma, Change, Adoption
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Adoption and Safe Families Act 1997
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