Reunification Services

You haven’t had recent contact with your child because you’re in the process of separating or divorcing. Maybe something difficult happened in your family or your relationship with your child is in jeopardy.

Moxie Inc. helps families in these circumstances through Reunification Services. 

We take a team approach. One provider meets with the children, and another meets with the parents.

This approach allows the children to have a place to discuss their family situation with a person who is not also in the role of advisor for either parent. The children’s provider focuses on the children’s needs and feelings without being “lobbied” by either parent. The provider who works with the parents receives information about the children’s needs and concerns and uses this information to help the parents manage the difficulties the children are facing. Sometimes, this takes the form of coaching or advising. At other times, parents have feelings or issues of their own that affect the reunification process.

Because the entire family participates, children feel that they’re not left alone to tackle these difficult issues.

Reunification Services are not a therapy service.  Health insurance will not cover the cost.  

Reunification Evaluation

The first phase of Reunification work is the evaluation phase.  This follows the steps outlined here:

1. Both providers meet with each parent for one hour to learn about the background of the family situation.

2. The child provider meets with the children for a few sessions to assess where they are on the road to repair and to get a sense of what might be needed for them.

3.  Both providers meet with the children and the parent with whom they have the fractured relationship.

Once these steps are complete, the providers will make a recommendation about which of two paths the family can most productively follow.

Path A is to have reunification sessions simply continue.  We recommend this option when it seems that the children and parent will be able to work through their difficulties and that the sessions will improve the relationship.

Path B is to have both providers, both parents and their attorneys meet for a feedback and planning session.  In this session, we give our feedback about the state of the family and a plan is created for how the parents will assist the children to manage the relationship difficulties they are encountering.  This plan may be part of a court agreement so that there is accountability for both parents.  

We consider Option B ideal for families in which the children are saddled with the burden of resolving family patterns that are largely based on the dynamics between the parents.  The plan is utilized to shift the burden back to parents, and free the kids from this overwhelming responsibility.