DCHS is Recognizing the People and Efforts That Help Families Stay Together
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
June 3, 2021--In conjunction with National Reunification Month and Fatherhood Awareness Month in June, DCHS is highlighting programs and services focused on reunifying children in foster care with families and celebrating fathers and the importance of their engagement with their children and family, especially during the reunification process.
The goal of child welfare programs and services is to give children in foster care every opportunity to grow up with their parents or other relatives in a safe environment whenever possible. Programs like foster care, kinship care and fatherhood engagement help support efforts of birth parents, foster families and social workers to reunify children in foster care with their families. National Reunification Month celebrates these people and efforts and raises awareness of the importance of successful relationships between child welfare professionals and birth and foster families in achieving reunification.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, fathers and paternal family members play a crucial role in children’s growth, development and well-being, and engaged fathers can increase the potential for reunification when a child is in foster care. Specialized fatherhood engagement programs like Fathers In Touch support fathers in developing workplace, leadership and parenting and relationship skills to support the reunification process.
Throughout June, DCHS is highlighting links and resources on Facebook and Twitter about foster care, fatherhood and reunification, and how residents can support Alexandria’s at-risk families and children. Learn more about these programs and services at alexandriava.gov/ChildWelfare.
Residents can support resource families and enhance the lives of children in foster care by supporting The Fund for Alexandria’s Child, which provides extracurricular activities and other childhood experiences for children in foster care. The City also provides numerous opportunities for residents to support at risk-children in Alexandria, including volunteer and mentoring opportunities as well as programs to employ youth.