By Elizabeth Fernandez
Reunification is a major aim of foster care platforms and the commonest permanency making plans choice. it really is outlined because the go back of youngsters put in protecting care to the house in their delivery relatives and used to explain the act of restoring a baby in out-of-home care again to the organic kin. but reunification decision-making and the method of reintegrating childrens into start households is still less than researched. This short takes a glance at relations reunification wisdom and study in Australia the place there's facts that almost all youngsters positioned in protecting care are ultimately reunited with their delivery mom and dad. It explores how an information of reunification determination 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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The qualitative data revealed that while alcohol abuse was very problematic, drug use amongst the families entering the TFC program was even more widespread. Substance abuse was linked to other problems being experienced by families. Caseworkers reported a dropping off of support or a complete lack of support amongst parents who were using drugs. Child neglect and risk of significant harm were concerns when one or both parents had a problem with drugs and/or alcohol. The following excerpts are illustrative: Mum has basically from what we’ve heard been abusing alcohol for a long, long period of time.
Parental mental illness and drug and alcohol issues frequently co-existed with numerous other stressors, creating complex problems for families. A caseworker revealed the complexity of multiple problems within one family: Mum has an intellectual delay, we’re not sure of the severity around it, that’s actually being tested at the moment. Dad, there was domestic violence occurring between the two of them, dad, there’s drug and alcohol issues with dad. (Dudley Family, Caseworker) The prevalence of mental health problems amongst parents was compounded by the inadequacy of mental health services and/or supports in disadvantaged communities, a concern that emerged as caseworkers attempted to refer parents for assistance in planning reunification.