The National Quality Improvement Center on Family-Centered Reunification (QIC-R) works with public and tribal child welfare sites nationally to identify, assess, and implement promising and evidence-based practices that address the individual and collective needs of birth families/families of origin with children in foster care.


Children with previous experience with foster care are at greater risk for further re-entry after reunification.

Factors such as child behavior challenges, siblings in foster care at the same time, and instances of court-ordered return-home-against-agency-recommendation all increase the likelihood of re-entry after reunification. 

The interventions implemented through the QIC-R support the successful reunification of families by preserving, nurturing, and strengthening parent-child relationships and supportive community connections and resources.

Who We Are

This Quality Improvement Center is led by Innovations Institute at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in partnership with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, Children and Family Futures, Tribal Law and Policy Institute, and Youth MOVE National.

The QIC-R is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families’ Children’s Bureau (CB) through grant #90CZ0031.

Best Practice Resource Guide

The QIC-R team has explored current interventions to assess those that might serve to achieve successful reunification. Our assessment can be found in our Family-Centered Reunification in Child Welfare: A Review of Best Practices. This guide will serve local implementation sites (LIS) chosen as QIC-R sites as they select interventions.

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C/O Innovations Institute
University of Connecticut School of Social Work
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Hartford, CT 06103