VOICES from the field
How can birth and foster parents partner to achieve reunification?
While the birth and foster parent relationship has long been assumed to be adversarial, there is a growing movement, led by birth and foster parents themselves, to shift thinking and promote a practice change within child welfare to encourage relationship-building and co-parenting.
Corey Best and Amanda Williams:
Birth parent Corey Best and foster parent Amanda Williams speak about the importance of strong birth and foster parent relationships, strategies to help birth and foster parents work together toward reunification, and how to generate support in the field for this innovative approach.
Jody Rodgers and Robyn Robbins:
Birth parent partner Jody Rodgers and foster parent Robyn Robbins describe how they began a pilot birth and foster parent mentoring program in Sonoma County, Calif. They tell the story of their first case, in which they worked together in a coordinated way to wrap supports around the birth mother.