The National Quality Improvement Center on Family-Centered Reunification (QIC-R) supports the timely, stable, and lasting reunification of families with children in foster care. We do this through identifying, assessing, and implementing interventions with five to seven public child welfare sites nationally. Successful interventions support the reunification of families by preserving, nurturing, and strengthening parent-child relationships and supportive community connections and resources, including the meaningful engagement of birth parents, foster families, youth, alumni of foster care, and other stakeholders.
The QIC-R identifies and funds five to seven local implementation sites (LIS) to implement evidence-based, evidence-informed, or promising approaches or practices that are inclusive of comprehensive, culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and individualized services for youth in foster care and their families. These approaches and practices will address a minimum of four of the following seven focus areas:
Child welfare systems’ philosophy and culture related to working with birth families and parents with children in foster care
Comprehensive assessment of family needs with meaningful input by parents, relatives, significant family supports, and children and youth
Provision of timely and tailored in-home and out-of-home biological family/family of origin services that intentionally support reunification through collaborative practice with other service providers that intentionally support reunification and ensures the service array
Preparation of foster families that promotes and demonstrates parental support and engagement, shared-parenting and development of meaningful connections
Development of reunification-centered resources and services in the neighborhoods and communities of origin and where reunified families will live
Maintaining children’s important connections by providing foster care services in their neighborhoods, keeping them in the communities and schools of origin, and facilitating participation in activities of interest that children not in foster care can enjoy
Comprehensively addressing both child and parental well-being, including trauma related to removal and temporary placement in foster care
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