First-ever 'Reunification Day' to be celebrated on Thursday, June 24

Oakland County and Wayne County Circuit Courts are joining other courts across the nation in recognizing the first officially-designated National Reunification Day on June Thursday, 24.

Introduced by the Michigan Supreme Court, the day celebrates parents who have successfully completed tasks necessary to be reunited with their children, and acknowledges the work of case workers, social workers, service providers, judges and foster parents who share in the responsibility of strengthening families so that children may be safely returned home.

National Reunification Day celebrates the reuniting of these families and raises awareness of the importance of reunifying children in foster care.

It is the goal of the Department of Human Services (DHS) to keep children in their own home while working with the family whenever possible. But in cases where children are at risk of severe abuse or neglect, the court's involvement to remove the children to a safe environment is a necessary and acceptable outcome.

If foster care is necessary, the aim is to give parents access to the services they need to face their challenges, change their lives, and make their homes safe for their children's return or the court will move from reunification to a more permanent goal of adoption, permanent relative placement, permanent guardianship, or another planned permanent living arrangement.

National Reunification Day recognizes what is possible when the court and community work as partners with parents to strengthen families and ensure the safety of our children. It acknowledges the commitment, teamwork, and resources that bring families back together.

Published: Thu, Jun 17, 2010

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