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King County Family Reunification Day celebrates children’s return home
The majority of children who are removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect and placed into foster care are able to return safely to their families. King County Family Reunification Day, will be held June 29 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center (with reception to follow), celebrates the efforts made by families to safely bring children back home after they have been in foster care.
Reunification is the preferred option for children who are temporarily placed in out-of-home care, when their parents are able to control and improve the issues that led to children being removed from their home. These parents have succeeded in controlling their use of drugs and alcohol, sought treatment for mental health issues, improved their capacity to be safe and caring parents, eliminated violence in their home or removed individuals who posed a safety threat to their children.
Attending the June 29 King County celebration will be parents whose children have been returned to them and whose dependency court cases have been dismissed in the previous year. They will be joined by King County superior court judges, officials from the Department of Social and Health Services and other invited dignitaries. Families will be able to tour the Seattle Center following the celebration.
King County Family Reunification Day is sponsored by: King County Superior Court, Casey Family Program, Washington State Office of Public Defense, the King County Parent Advocacy Committee, DSHS, Office of the Attorney General, the King County Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA), Children’s Home Society and the King County Parent Advocacy Committee.
“The public may not be aware that an important goal in public child welfare is to return children to their home and family when we can do so safely,” said DSHS Children’s Administration Assistant Secretary Denise Revels Robinson. “I respect and admire these parents for showing great perseverance and strength in working to reunite their families. Any day a child can safely return to home and family is a day to celebrate.”