The goal of reunification includes ongoing safety and stability in the family. Preventing the need for children to reenter foster care is a key outcome for child welfare services. Resources include State and local examples.
National Resource Center for Child Protective Services
Assists States and Tribes with system and practice issues in all areas of child protective services that help improve the prevention, reporting, assessment, and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
Provides training, technical assistance, and information services to State and Tribes on safety-focused, family-centered, and community-based approaches to meet the needs of children, youth, and families.
Preventing Re-entry Into the Child Welfare System: A Literature Review of Promising Practices (PDF - 663 KB)
Hatton & Brooks (2008)
Summarizes a systematic review of evidence-based and promising practices relevant to providers of children and youth in the foster care system and contending with issues related to re-entry.
Re-entry in Child Protective Services: A Rapid Evidence Assessment (PDF - 158 KB)
Ohio Consortium for University-Agency Partnership to Improve Public Child Welfare (2005)
This report provides a description of the existing interventions used to reduce re-entry into foster care and assesses the rigor of the research that has been done to evaluate the interventions.
A Systematic Review of Strategies to Promote Successful Reunification and to Reduce Re-entry to Care for Abused, Neglected, and Unruly Children: Final Report (PDF - 2,099 KB)
Bronson, Saunders, Holt, & Beck (2008)
Synthesizes the results of 71 empirical articles in order to determine the critical components of services before, during, and after reunification that support a family's success and reduce re-entry.
Child Welfare Outcomes in California: Improving Performance on Foster Care Reentry and Placement Stability: Final Report (PDF - 791 KB)
Osterling, D'Andrade, & Hines (2009)
Identifies strategies or practices States and counties have implemented to address placement stability for children in foster care and re-entry of children into foster care. The study found the strongest research evidence for preventing foster care re-entry through various components of reunification services: specific interventions developed to treat substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence problems, and to provide parent training and housing assistance.
Hennepin-University Partnership (HUP) Child Well-Being Re-entry to Foster Care Report (PDF - 614 KB)
Jones & LaLiberte (2010)
Discusses the findings of a comprehensive literature review on the well-being of children who re-enter the foster care system and presents an annotated bibliography and a guide to current evidence-based practices in preventing children from re-entering the foster care system.