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The ceremony recognized the uplifting and reconnecting of parents and children
On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County celebrated families during its second annual Reunification Ceremony.
“The Circuit Court for Prince George’s County takes special pride in celebrating National Reunification Month and families during its Reunification Celebration,” said 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.
“Parents whose children are placed in foster care typically face monumental struggles, as do the children who have been removed,” added the Honorable Cathy H. Serrette, Presiding Judge of Family Division. “Reunification in a safe environment is our top priority. We’re honored to celebrate the families who have tackled the difficult issues that brought them to court and have reunited with their children. We’re thrilled that the children will receive the love, care and family stability needed to thrive and thank those who have supported each family’s reunification and those that will continue to support their success.”
In 2010, National Reunification Month started as a collaboration among a number of national organizations. 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. To learn more about the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County Family Division Support Services, please visit the website.