Each situation is unique

There are no simple rules about contact with parents because every family is unique. For young children placed in kinship and foster care, contact with their parents should1

• begin as soon as possible,

• take place as often as possible, and

• take place where the children feel the most comfortable.

The quality of the contact depends on how openly families communicate with each other. For more on this subject, including how much to tell children about the situation, see fact sheet #5: The Importance of Open Communication.

Successful face-to-face encounters between generations depends on the many players (the parents, the child, and the grandparents) and on the context.The following points cover some of the considerations.

The parents:

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