by Judith Sperling-Newton and Jason R. Smith
Q: I’ve heard a lot about family reunification over the years I have been a foster parent. Is a child in my care allowed only to have a plan for returning to her birth parents?
A: The goal of most children in foster care is to return home. In fact, most children in foster care do return home and do so within several months of entering care. However, there are children in care whose parents cannot or will not make the changes they must make so that their children can be returned home safely. In the past, efforts to help parents toward reunification tended to go on indefinitely. There was a major change, however, with the enactment of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997…