Ashley Harris, Unified Parent & Ofelia Alvizuris, Reunification Supv, CNSWF on Lee Pitts Live WINK

The safety and well-being of children in foster care is the top priority. Contrary to what some people understand, foster care is meant to keep children safe, not to function as a penal system for parents’ failures. It offers temporary assistance for families and is predicated on the belief that parents can change.

When children are in foster care, they typically have regular, supervised visits with their parents. As parents progress toward their assigned goals, the reunification process begins with unsupervised visits, overnight visits, and weekend visits. Once the child(ren) return home, parents work with a social worker who provides in-home services and additional support to help the parents and child(ren) make a smooth transition.