WHAT IS FAMILY REUNIFICATION?
Family reunification is the process of returning children in temporary out-of-home care to their families of origin and is the most common goal for children in out-of-home care. When a parent is incarcerated, there are many factors involved in family reunification and no one set of rules.
WHAT HAPPENS TO CHILDREN WHEN THEIR PARENT IS INCARCERATED?
When a parent is incarcerated, there is no one set of rules that determine what will happen to the child or children. The courts will always work to provide solutions that are in the best interest of the child. Solutions will differ from case to case.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW TO NAVIGATE FAMILY REUNIFICATION?
There is no one set path to family reunification. Each approach is as individual as the children involved. The state of Maryland is committed to providing the best possible solutions that address the child’s best interest with the goal to keep children with their family and reunite them with parents when possible.
In this section, you will find information on:
- Foster Care
- Kinship Care
- Termination of Parental Rights
- What you can do