Child Psychology

Accomplishing Permanency: Reunification Pathways and by Elizabeth Fernandez

By Elizabeth Fernandez

Reunification is a major objective of foster care structures and the most typical permanency making plans determination. it really is outlined because the go back of youngsters put in protecting care to the house in their beginning 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 beginning households continues to be less than researched. This short takes a glance at family members reunification wisdom and study in Australia the place there's facts that the majority young ones put in protecting care are ultimately reunited with their delivery mom and dad. It explores how an information of reunification choice 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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He had extreme failure to thrive…had hyper-vigilance about him, was extremely dehydrated, head to toe eczema to the point [where] he was bleeding. None of his medical needs were being met, by any means. (Dudley Family, Caseworker) Caseworkers also noted that some families experiencing complex problems failed to receive the necessary co-ordinated response from services: I sus­pect that prob­a­bly both par­ents may have had some level of learn­ing dif­fi­culty or intel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity that poten­tially hadn’t been assessed… the Stat­u­tory Depart­ment were involved and the Stat­u­tory Depart­ment had a sig­nif­i­cant his­tory with the fam­ily over many, many years.

This assists in understanding why caseworkers rated emotional abuse as a secondary reason for children coming into care despite the potentially destructive consequences of this type of abuse for the child. 3 Sexual Abuse The identification of sexual abuse in this study was low, and was the least prevalent form of concern, reported as a reason for care. Sexual abuse was known at the time of referral in only two cases. In one instance the parents had reported their child’s sexualised behaviour towards his sisters and were seeking help, and in another the child had experienced severe sexual abuse perpetrated by her birth father, who was no longer living in the family.

Parents’ relationships with their own parents were at times fraught with problems including drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness and issues of violence. For example Mary’s relationship with her mother was described by the caseworker as … quite volatile, to the point where they’ve actually hit each other in front of us and the caseworker from the Statutory Department (Laurence Family, Caseworker). One young mother of sixteen, suffering from depression and substance abuse was unable to rely on her mother for childcare, as her mother also had extensive drug and alcohol issues, and was abusive towards her and …very inconsistent and very controlling (Anderson Family, Caseworker).

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