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Celebrating family

June is nationally recognized as Reunification Month

June is nationally recognized as Reunification Month—a critical opportunity to share the importance of children and youth in foster care reunifying with their family. At the National CASA/GAL Association for Children, we know that connections to family give children and youth a sense of belonging and love. Our model for best-interest advocacy is driven by the guiding principle that children grow and develop best when they can safely be with their family. 

At our National CASA/GAL 2022 Annual Conference earlier this month in Seattle, the importance of strengthening and keeping families together served as a central theme for the learning, exchange and celebration we engaged in. Over 840 volunteers, staff, partners and peers heard from speakers such as Zion Clark – an athlete and author – who found family just days before aging out of care – and Andrea Elliott, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of Invisible Child, about the human cost to structural inequality and the importance of family.