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dc.contributor.authorBalsells, M. Àngels
dc.contributor.authorPastor Vicente, Crescencia
dc.contributor.authorMateos Inchaurrondo, Ainoa
dc.contributor.authorVaquero Tió, Eduard
dc.contributor.authorUrrea Monclús, Aida
dc.description.abstractBackground: Family reunification refers to the process through which children and adolescents under a measure of temporary separation (foster care or residential) return to live with their biological families. The research has begun to reflect a paradigm change in intervention and support for these families that affects the consolidation of reunification and the prevention of new processes of separation and reentry into the protection system. Objectives: This article examines the needs of parents who are susceptible to an educational intervention from a positive focus that contributes to the consolidation of family reunification. Method: Eighteen semi-structured interviews were conducted and 22 discussion groups were convened with 135 participants (63 protection-system professionals, 42 parents and 30 children and adolescents). The data were analyzed through content analysis and were subject to peer revision. Results: A series of parents' specific educational needs when their children return home was recognized. These needs can be the objects of family intervention based on a positive focus directed toward highlighting parents' strengths and are related to awareness of family progress, emotional management, giving and receiving help from other families and social support. The participants' comments show that feelings of self-sufficiency and positive reinforcement are fundamental for consolidation of the process. Conclusions: Social support through formal and informal networks may be a path to explore for providing more and better support after returning home. Empowering families so that they can be agents of support for other families can be a way to consolidate reunification, allowing families to be active agents in the reunification process. In addition, listening to children's voices can be a good strategy for family consolidationca_ES
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dc.relation.ispartofChildren and Youth Services Review, 2015, vol. 48, p. 159-166ca_ES
dc.rightscc-by-nc-nd (c) Elsevier, 2015ca_ES
dc.subjectChild welfareca_ES
dc.subjectBirth familyca_ES
dc.subjectSocial supportca_ES
dc.subjectFamily consolidationca_ES
dc.subjectContent analysisca_ES
dc.subject.otherAcolliment familiarca_ES
dc.titleExploring the needs of parents for achieving reunification: the views of foster children, birth family and social workers in Spainca_ES

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