Identifying and Reducing Barriers to Reunification for Seriously Mentally III Parents Involved in Child Welfare Cases

Christina Risley-Curtiss, Layne K. Stromwall, Debra Truett Hunt, Jennifer Teska

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Forming judgments about parenting capacity, a necessary part of permanency planning, is much more difficult when the parent has a serious mental illness. The time necessary for effective treatment for such parents is often longer than the court-ordered time limit for family reunification. This puts mentally ill parents at a distinct disadvantage in their efforts to preserve their families. Using Arizona as an example, this article discusses the barriers in both child welfare and mental health systems to accurate and effective assessment and treatment. It presents recommendations for research and suggestions for child welfare personnel to enhance the potential for mentally ill parents to reunify with their children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-118
Number of pages12
JournalFamilies in Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004


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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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