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There are a range of structures in place depending on the peer program. Some places required their peers to have achieved reunification with their children, while others did not and highly valued having peers who had experienced the permanent removal of children to closed adoption or to other arrangements. Generally speaking, programs recruited peers who had successfully navigated the child welfare system one way or the other and then indicated an interest in peer work or were recommended for peer work by one of the people working with them. Many peers were in recovery from substance addiction and found the approach and support in the recovery movement helpful. All peer programs offered training and support of peers and both group and individual supervision arrangements.
Jessica Cocks