Bringing Leah Back Home: Reunification and the Lifelong Families Model

Posted October 13, 2013, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

When appropriate, a return to birth family is often the best option for children who are brought into the child welfare system.

This video tells the story of Leah and how she reunified with her birth mom through services provided by the Foundation's former direct service agency, Casey Family Services

Leah was close to aging out of foster care and needed a forever family. Through an innovative foster care practice model called Lifelong Families, Leah's case worker reached out to her biological mom, even though her parental rights had been terminated previously. With strategic case interventions and lots of teamwork, Leah now lives with her mom and has lifelong connections to relatives and important family members.

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