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Celebrating National Reunification Month

June is National Reunification Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the efforts made across the country to keep families together. Reunification is the most common goal in child welfare, and it is at the heart of what we do at CASA for Douglas County. The work of our CASA Volunteer Advocates is crucial in the reunification process, as they amplify the voices of the children we serve, helping them navigate obstacles and fears while ensuring their needs are met.  

Reunification is not just about bringing families back together; it is about building on their strengths to increase resilience. This leads to the positive well-being of the child, helping them remain whole through this often-traumatic process. When possible, with a healthy and stable environment our ultimate goal is for each child to be reunified with their family. 

At CASA for Douglas County, our CASA Volunteer Advocates are offered training and education on how to relate and provide support that is supportive, strength-based, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed. CASA Volunteer Advocates have regular visits with the children and their families, creating a meaningful impact in their lives, and through a comprehensive court report they ensure the voice and wellbeing of the children is at the forefront of the court. Their dedication ensures the best outcomes for the children.  

Reunification Month is also a time to reflect on the importance of family and the critical role it plays in the development and well-being of children. A family provides a sense of identity, belonging, and emotional support, which are essential for a child’s development. When families are separated, it can cause significant emotional and psychological stress. Reunification helps to restore these connections, providing children with the stability and love they need to thrive. 

The path to reunification is often challenging and requires a coordinated effort from all case professionals. Social workers, legal professionals, foster parents, and CASA Volunteer Advocates all play vital roles in this process. Together, we work to address the underlying concerns that led to the child’s removal, providing support and resources to families to help them overcome obstacles and create a safe, stable and nurturing environment.  

During National Reunification Month, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our CASA Volunteer Advocates. Your commitment and hard work make a significant difference in the lives of children and their families. Your efforts help ensure that every child thrives in a safe and loving environment. 

As we celebrate National Reunification Month, let us reaffirm our dedication to the goal of reunification and continue to support and empower families in our community. Together, we can create a better future for children and families, ensuring that every child has the chance to grow up in a loving and supportive home.