by: St. David's Center
Reunification occurs when children reunite with their families after being temporarily removed from their homes due to safety or wellness concerns. Studies have shown that reunification is a valuable goal, as it not only allows families to stay intact, it allows children to remain connected to their extended families, cultures, traditions, schools, friends, and communities. According to Casey Family Programs data, in 2019, 55% of children exiting foster care in Minnesota were reunited with their families, and 16% exited to the home of a relative or guardian.
St. David’s Center’s Foster Care program is committed to the goal of reunification, and to achieve this, our team works with a network of parents, foster parents, social workers, judges, attorneys, and guardian ad litem. Everyone involved in this process is dedicated to strengthening the family units (by connecting family members to educational resources, therapies, and evidence-based services, for example) and to ensuring children return to healthy and supportive home environments. St. David’s Center is a strong advocate and partner of the Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI-MN) and its goal to rework the foster care system and put the child at the center of the process.
Our foster parents are a crucial component of our Foster Care program and are key to successful reunification. Their big hearts and generosity are inspiring, and their insight into foster care and reunification is illuminating. In honor of Reunification Month, we asked Terrilyn Wilson, a St. David’s Center foster parent for the past six years, to share a few thoughts about her foster experience.
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