Building a Bond
When a child and a parent are separated because of parental alienation, foster placement, or a custody dispute, intervention is often necessary to help them reunify successfully. The process of reforming the bond between the parent and child is referred to as reunification. Reunification is a difficult transition, but there are resources that can help you. Here are a few tips to help you approach the reunification process with confidence.
- The process can take time, so be patient. You might encounter setbacks. Just know that if you are working with an experienced reunification therapist and both you and the other parent are committed, a successful reunification is possible.
- It is crucial that both parents are involved and engaged. Reunification isn’t just between the child and the estranged or separated parent. This is a family matter, and the other parent will need to be involved and dedicated to making it work.
- You need to speak with a professional. Dedicated reunification therapists and reunification programs can significantly increase your chance of success. Typically, reunification therapists will need to work closely with the child and both parents.
- Work as a team. You may have child welfare caseworkers, foster parents, or court advocates you need to work with during the reunification process. Though the process will help you build the bond between you and your child, others who are concerned with your child’s well-being may need to contribute.
- And, lastly, remember why you are doing this. Reunification can be very difficult for both child and parent, but the outcome is worth it if it is in your child’s best interests. Children deserve to have both parents involved in their life, and that is why reunification is so important. Don’t let setbacks or a difficult parent keep you from forming and nurturing a bond with your child.
If you have been separated or estranged from your child, speak with an experienced New Jersey child custody and child welfare attorney. An attorney can connect you with the resources you need for successful reunification and ensure protective measures are put in place, so you will not be separated from your child again.
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