Working Together for the Sake of the Kids

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Chicago Tribune

Child welfare experts say that over the past decade, child-welfare systems have shifted toward more collaborative relationships between birth and foster parents. Officials in Illinois say those stronger, positive relationships are resulting in a higher rate of children successfully returned to their birth parents.

But while that level of expected collaboration usually means becoming part a child’s supportive, informed network of adults, it can sometimes mean going to great lengths. Foster parents profiled for this piece by the Tribune have invited birth parents into their homes, taken them on vacations, helped them financially and continued to baby-sit for children returned to their birth parents. March 4,