This video tells the story of how a family court judge in Hancock County, Mississippi, works with families and stakeholders to support reunification through a trauma-informed, family-centered approach.
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Presents the perspective and philosophy of a family court judge. Families participate in monthly permanency hearings to receive coordinated supports, hope, and encouragement to get back on track.
Capacity Building Center for States (2020). A Judge's Perspective on Family Reunification. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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The videos and activities in this guide can be a vehicle to build mutual understanding and spark change across the child welfare system. Training managers can integrate the content into training for child welfare workers or for cross-system training of court and child welfare personnel.
When courts, child welfare agencies, and their partners use multidisciplinary, family-centered approaches, children can spend less time in foster care and achieve permanency, reunification, or guardianship more quickly.