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By Elizabeth Fernandez

Reunification is a first-rate aim of foster care structures and the commonest permanency making plans selection. it really is outlined because the go back of kids positioned in protecting care to the house in their beginning family members 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 teenagers into start households is still less than researched. This short takes a glance at kinfolk reunification wisdom and examine in Australia the place there's facts that the majority childrens positioned in protecting care are ultimately reunited with their start mom and dad. It explores how a data 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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Ward Family, Caseworker). As mothers developed more trusting relationships with workers an increased level of disclosure of the violence occurred. As a consequence of domestic violence the composition of the family had invariably been affected. The most common occurrence was that men had moved out of the household, some of whom were incarcerated, and a few women had sought refuge and alternative accommodation with their children. Janet, a single mother of three children, reflects on the time the TFC program became involved with her family and how desperately in need of help she was.

In these families, and to a lesser extent in two parent families, women were seen by caseworkers as the primary carers of the children and were responsible for the physical and emotional care of their children. The caseworkers interacted, in the main, with mothers and as a consequence much of the information about the families was largely, though not solely, reliant on contact with mothers. Birth and stepfathers did contribute to the caseworkers’ knowledge of the ­family, however to a much lesser extent.

The caseworker explains: Initially, there were concerns, but now both of them have disclosed being sexually abused. (Baker Family, Caseworker) The concern for children who had been sexually abused was high because of the extreme behaviours they presented with in care. Some caseworkers expressed concern for carers, parents and other children associated with child victims showing sexualised behaviours. The caseworker below reports of the concern the carer had about their foster child Justine, who had no concept of boundaries and appropriate behaviour in social situations as a result of her sexual abuse.

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