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Strategies

Increase Exits from Foster Care to Permanence through Reunification

Strategies Success Stories

What Can Policymakers Do?

  • Increase timely access to substance abuse treatment .   Parental substance abuse is responsible for a vast majority of foster care placements.  Strategies to provide expedited access to treatment can make a difference for parents striving to have their children returned safely to their care.  
  • Expand Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) for reunification .    IFPS are designed to keep children out of foster care, but have been equally successful for reunification.  With the right mix of support, services, and access to community resources, IFPS can provide parents with the confidence needed to raise healthy children. 
  • Reduce court delays .   Increasing court efficiencies can ensure that families receive timely court oversight to achieve their goals of finding permanent homes, including returning to their own homes.   

  • Require family involvement in decision-making . States can promote family team decision making for children and families involved with the child welfare system.
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Create Access To Affordable Housing Access to decent and affordable housing is often the major barrier to reunification. This barrier can be removed through strong partnerships between child welfare and housing and priority access to housing resources.