PURPOSE OF THIS PAPER:
This guide describes steps for reuniting families in which an adolescent has sexually abused an immediate family member (often a younger sibling), or other family member living in the home, and subsequently has been placed outside of the home. The goal of reunification is to safely return the adolescent home and to full participation in family life following or during treatment.
Note: Pre-adolescent and younger children who display problematic sexual behavior may require a different approach to reunification due to their developmental needs and capacities. The same may be true for adolescents who experience cognitive impairments or limitations in intellectual functioning.
Note: In considering the process of family reunification, it is critical to consider and remain sensitive to the cultural background, needs, and practices relevant to each family.