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Family Reunification

Family Reunification: What the Evidence Shows

Family reunification in child welfare refers to the process of returning children in temporary out-of-home care to their families of origin. Reunification is both the most common goal for children in out-of-home care, as well as the most common outcome.

This issue brief provides information on:

  • The Child and Family Services Reviews and family reunification
  • Research on family reunification
  • Examples from the field
  • Program support for reunification
  • Questions for future research

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