Family reunification is the process by which an estranged parent is reintroduced into the family through mediated conversations and structured activities. It is done collaboratively by a trained mediator, Dr. Mollie M. Hughes with psychology consultant, Andrew Fleming, MA. The goal is to unite parents and children through a step by step process involving court agents and other professionals in creating positive family interactions.
The role of Break Through Learning Center is to provide a safe, structured environment with trained facilitators. The Center specializes in parents reuniting with their children after an extended amount of time as part of a temporary or permanent parenting plan.
8-Steps to Reunification
- Initial consultations with parents and children to gather background stories and documents.
- Peruse all documents, background information and collateral comments. Consult with legal and other professionals to make sure Break Through Learning Center is the right fit for the family.
- Present a plan and schedule to discuss with family members. Agree on plan and projected fees with family members. Collect a retainer fee to continue.
- Implement the first step of the plan which may mean meeting separately with the child first or bringing the noncustodial parent together with the child for the first time.
- Meeting with the noncustodial parent to discuss the success of the initial meeting went and adjust if needed for future visits.
- Continue to implement the plan adding mediated, negotiated and free conversations with supervised activities followed by conversations with both custodial and noncustodial parents.
- Agreeing on an end date goal when all steps of the plan are completed and no recommendation for further session are made. Make final payment for services.
- Providing notes and updates to family members, court officials and other professionals with final closing statements.
Fees and Guarantees
Total fees after initial consultations (explained in Step 3) range from $1,500 to $2,500 depending on the number and length of sessions, and including contacts with agencies, courts and parents. Fees are agreed on before services and require a non-refundable 50% retainer fee. However, fees may change due to unforeseen circumstances. Families will receive advanced notice of any change in the fee agreement.
Family Reunification Initial Consultation
Last revised April 2017