One of the most critical functions of visitation is to maintain the parent-child relationship and reduce the sense of loss, abandonment and anxiety the child experiences when placed in foster care.
Carefully planned, coached and executed, parent-child visitation is one of the the most important determining factors in safe family reunification. Research suggests that the quality of the parent-child visitation in the context of a reunification plan results in shorter foster care placement. Parent child visitation, including extended trial home visitation, is an important component of the transition plan and it increases the likelihood of a safe and successful family reunification.
Supervised Visitation Philosophy
Child Focus implements coaching and mentoring during supervised parent visitation. Coached visits are significantly more effective than mere monitoring of visits. Coaching and mentoring is a practice that helps families to make significant changes and alterations in their parenting practices in a very short time frame. Coaching and mentoring directly address the issues that brought the child into care, building on family needs, strengths and guiding parenting practices. Parent coaching begins with an agreement with the family that identifies the parent/child specific needs and goals to be addressed consistent with the child welfare family case plan and an understanding of how those needs relate to the safety concerns that brought the child into care. Before visits, families work with the parent educator to address issues, needs, fears, barriers, and other related parenting issues. During visits, the parent educator acknowledges the family’s strengths in responding to their child(ren) and guides them in improving their skills. After the visit, the parent and educator evaluate direction for improving and building on the progress made.