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Family Reunification

This program seeks to reunify families who have children placed in foster homes, residential treatment centers, or group homes.
   The Family Reunification program offers three types of service:
  1. The Parent Education Course is for parents who voluntarily sign a Parent Education Participant Agreement to attend a seven-week education program as part of the plan for reunification with their children. Staffed by DHHS social workers, this program teaches basic concepts of discipline, and techniques for changing behavior. Parents are expected to score 80% or better on a written test at the end of the course.
  2. The In-home Parent Education program meets in the home with parents who have multiple needs. Provided under contract by a variety of community agencies, the program seeks to alter non-productive or harmful behaviors of parents. Parents are taught different techniques for parenting that are appropriate for different ages of children.
  3. Supervised Visitation is contracted through a variety of community agencies. In this program, trained staff supervise visitation between parents and children. By observing parent-child interactions, staff identify areas for education parents in their parenting skills. Supervised Visitation also provides a safe environment for parent-child interaction.

 


 
 

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