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The Circuit Court for Prince George’s County celebrates National Reunification Month with its second annual Reunification Ceremony on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
“The Circuit Court for Prince George’s County takes special pride in celebrating National Reunification Month,” says the Honorable Sheila R. Tillerson Adams, Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. “The process of reuniting children in the welfare system with their parents is a collaborative effort of the parents, Prince George’s County agencies, nonprofit organizations, Circuit Court personnel and Judges. The collective hard work and commitment of this collaborative team demonstrates the strength of the ‘Village’ in this Prince George’s County community. A Village that fosters the reunification of healthy families.”
In addition to the collaborations, the reunified families serve as an inspiration and guiding force to other parents who face similar challenges in reuniting with their children, particularly those going through the recovery process. Their successful journey serves as an example that hard work and perseverance does yield the positive results of reunifying with their children.
In 2010, National Reunification Month started as a collaboration among a number of national organizations, including the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law, Casey Family Programs, the National Association of Counsel for Children, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National Center of State Courts, the Foster Care Coalition, Rise magazine and Judge Connie Cohen from Iowa. These partners joined together to let states know that reunification is important and worthy of celebration. In 2012, the initiative’s leaders decided to focus on June as Reunification Month, states the Children’s Bureau Express.
To learn more about the Family Division Support Services, please visit the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County website.