Social support in family reunification: A qualitative study

Cynthia Lietz, Jeffrey R. Lacasse, Joanne Cacciatore

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When children are removed from their parents due to child maltreatment, the goal remains to reunite families whenever possible. Although extensive research exists regarding barriers to reunification, little is known about the families who are successfully reunited. The aim of this study was to examine the strengths families found helpful in the process of achieving and maintaining reunification. In-depth, qualitative interviews were conducted with 15 reunified families. Thematic coding of these narrative interviews was completed, uncovering the ways the families perceived intrafamilial and external social support that was given and received played an important role in their stories of reunification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-20
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Family Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • Child welfare
  • Family reunification
  • Narrative
  • Social support
  • Strengths

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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