The process of reunification in foster care refers to when children are reunited with their biological families. Your foster team will spend time working towards reunification, if it is in the best interest of the child in care, by working on a parent-child reunification plan. This process is very important because children are most likely to thrive in the long term if they have a stable home.
Despite this, it should be acknowledged that reunification can be hard as you often create a bond with the child you have fostered and, in some circumstances, you may feel that it is in the young person’s best interest for them to stay with you. However, in most instances, reunification is the main goal – which comes with ensuring that your foster child has a smooth transition as possible. This will be beneficial for their mental and emotional wellbeing in the long term.
There is no doubt that reunification is sometimes a hard process for the foster parent as well as the child. However, here at Excel Fostering, we are here to support the reunification process, every step of the way. Our team is always on hand to support you, and you will not be alone in this process. It is important to note that you have been an integral part of your foster child’s life, and your role is significant in helping them reunify with their biological family. Some children may choose to keep in contact with their foster parents later on in life, which is beneficial for building a good support network around a young person.
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