When children must be removed from their families, reunification is the primary goal. Family-centered practice and multidisciplinary approaches are essential, interrelated strategies that can help a community meet this goal. When agency and court staff collaborate to create a shared vision for child welfare with other stakeholders, they can better support and prioritize reunification.
The videos and activities in the discussion guide can be vehicles for bringing agency and court staff together, building mutual understanding, and sparking change across the child welfare system.
Assembled teams and individuals can learn to put families first by engaging child welfare system stakeholders, court and agency leaders, frontline staff, Court Improvement Program staff, parents' attorneys, parents, children's attorneys, and youth to discuss common challenges and develop solutions. Modeling a multidisciplinary approach can help build an agency and court culture that puts families front and center.
The two videos offer multiple perspectives to describe a family’s court experience in child welfare.