Reunification Law and Legal Definition

Reunification, in the broad sense, refers to joining together of things that were once united. For example, Germany was officially reunified on October 3, 1990, when the five reestablished federal states (Bundesländer) of East Germany formally joined the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany), choosing one of two options implemented in the West German constitution (Grundgesetz).

Reunification, in the context of family law, refers to returning of children to the custody of their biological parents or parents, after they have been involved in a period of foster care placement outside their family home. It is the planned process of reconnecting children in out-of-home care with their families by means of a variety of services and supports to the children, their families, and their foster parents or other caregivers.