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Reunification for children in out-of-home care - Part 4: The need to focus on re-entry, not just reunification outcomes

Community-based family services Family services Child welfare Social workers Child health Reunification Out-of-home care Child protection
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Knowledge and research are very limited around services and supports which promote successful reunifications. Furthermore, assessments of effectiveness generally use ‘rate of reunification’ as their primary outcome measure and do not monitor program impact after children have been returned. Given the high level of reunification breakdowns, this paper will highlight the importance of including measures of post-reunification outcomes to determine program effectiveness.   

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