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Looked after children’s right to contact with birth parents: An Australian study

Family Reunification, Program Evaluation

This study in Child and Family Social Work examines barriers to meaningful contact between children and birth parents, as identified by legal and social work practitioners in Queensland. The study reveals four key themes: system-driven responses, poor relationships and mistrust, lack of culturally responsive practice, and exclusion of parents from the consultation process. The findings provide valuable insights for practitioners working to improve contact arrangements for children and their birth parents.

Tri-Peaks Innovation Webinar Series

Alcohol and Other Drugs, Family Reunification

This Tri-Peaks Project webinar, presented by Mathew Wilson, the state-wide program manager of the Family Drug Treatment Court, focuses on 'Family Drug Treatment Court: Engaging with parents to support family reunification.'

Is contact with birth parents beneficial to children in non-kinship foster care? A scoping review of the evidence

Family Reunification, Intervention programs, Out of Home Care (OOHC)

This Children and Youth Services Review report analysed the effects of face-to-face contact with birth parents for children in non-kinship foster care from 21 studies. The report provides insights into the variables that encouraged family reunification and improvement in children's wellbeing.

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