When a child arrives at Casa Alianza, the Family Reintegration Team establishes contact with the families whenever possible—even if they live at a distance. They analyze the risk-factors and problems in the family, seeking to find solutions. This is especially important when the child or teen has suffered abuse or violence from within their own family, because they may struggle with conflicting emotions of both love and resentment.
Once contact has been established, the Family Reintegration Team works continually with both the children/teens and families to help create the necessary conditions for reintegration, if possible. This includes working with the children/teens to help them fulfill their Life Plan goals, and working directly with parents and family members to help create a healthy family environment, based in communication, understanding, love and respect. In many cases, the core family unit will never be safe for the child to return to but there are members of the extended family who are able and willing to serve as guardians for the child when they leave Casa Alianza.
Once a child or teen has been reintegrated with their family or extended family guardians, Casa Alianza monitors the situation to ensure stability and maintains constant contact. Children and teens who have been reintegrated are invited back to Casa Alianza on a regular basis to participate in workshops, training sessions, and celebrations, and remain very much part of the Casa Alianza family. If reintegration within the family is not successful, the child or teen may always return to Casa Alianza and re-commence their process or participate in the Independent Life Program.