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Supporting Reunification and Preventing Re-entry Into Out-of-Home Care

The Benefits of Supporting Reunification and Preventing Reentry

1. Evidence shows that placement instability is associated with which of the following?

A. Attachment disorders.

B. Poor educational outcomes.

C. Mental health and behavioral problems.

D. All of the above.


Approaches That Support Reunification and Prevent Reentry

2. Family-centered practice in child welfare focuses on the needs and welfare of children and youth within the context of their families and communities and assumes that the best place for children to grow up is in families, and family-centered practice aims to: support families in protecting and nurturing their children; safely preserve family relationships; and respect the rights, values, and cultures of families.

A. True

B. False


3. All of the following are key elements relating to child welfare systems and infrastructure, except for:

A. Agency leadership that demonstrates a strong commitment to reunification.

B. Trained supervisors who explain agency policies that support safe and timely reunification, offer coaching to caseworkers, and provide support and feedback.

C. Child-focused decision making that focuses on the safety, permanency, and well-being of the children.

D. Manageable caseloads and workloads allowing caseworkers time to engage families.


4. Elements of good casework practice that contribute to effective decision-making include all of the following, except:

A. Commitment to family-centered practice and its underlying philosophy and values.

B. External assistance in the form of training, consultation, and technical assistance from recognized experts.

C. Comprehensive and concrete services that address a broad range of family conditions, needs, and contexts.

D. Outcome-focused planning and service provisions that establish achievable goals with the family.


Specific Strategies That Support Reunification and Prevent Reentry

5. Federal law requires States to give preference to the best suitable home when placing children in care and not give preference to relatives simply because of relation.

A. True

B. False


6. Parent education programs that enhance the parent-child relationship and teach both specific parenting and general problem-solving skills can strengthen families and prevent abuse or neglect which might lead to reentry.

A. True

B. False


7. Reunification and post-reunification strategies include all of the following, except:

A. Use of risk tools and reintegration assessments.

B. Planning for aftercare services to continue for at least 24 months after the child or youth returns to the family.

C. Ensuring an adequate network of support to provide a safety net for parents experiencing stress after reunification and help prevent reentry.

D. Provide post-reunification services to address the needs of children and youth.


State and Local Examples of Strategies That Support Reunification and Prevent Reentry

8. The heart of initiative is the development of family interaction planning that spell out the goals of parent-child visits while children are in out-of-home care.  Which of the following is an identified phase of interaction?

A. Two to four weeks of supervised visits in the most homelike setting possible, focusing on natural interactions that maintain parent-child ties and allow for assessment of the parent’s capacity to parent.

B. Several months of semi- or partially supervised visits, moving toward overnights, focusing on allowing the parent to learn and practice new skills and behaviors.

C. Transition to reunification, providing maximum opportunities for parent-child interactions.

D. All of the above.


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