National Reunification Month 2021

Pensacola, Fla. (June 1, 2021) – One of the most traumatic things that can happen to a child is to be removed from a biological parent – even a parent who is temporarily struggling. June is National Reunification Month making it a time to recognize the value of helping families stay together.

“I think many people don’t realize that the first goal of the child welfare system is reunification,” said Mark Jones, president, FamiliesFirst Network (FFN). “Parents face challenges, but there are resources to help most of them get through it.”

Last year new legislation passed to launch the Comfort Calls initiative, an enhancement to the 2008 Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) wherein foster parents take a co-parenting approach with biological parents. The official launch is July 2021, but FFN has already implemented it in a few instances. Comfort Calls bolsters support for biological parents and is less traumatic for the children because the adults they have trusted since birth (biological parents) are still involved while the family is temporarily separated. The parents receive help. The children are in a safe home.

“I’ve seen it happen to all types of families in all income ranges. One setback like job loss, addiction, illness, can spiral out of control result in child removal. We are here to help the whole family get back on track.”

FFN will celebrate families this month who have overcome obstacles to provide safe homes for their children. If you would like to get involved, call Christa Pate, interim director of administration and external affairs, at 850.453.7745. Let the observance serve as a time to step up and make a difference.

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For more information about this press release or to schedule an interview, please contact Tish Pennewill at 850.469.3621 or Tish.Pennewill@bhcpns.org.