The Visitation Program, also referred to as “Parenting Time” provides a Visitation Supervisor to coordinate and supervise visits between children placed in out of home care and their parents or other family members. The service focus includes the development of parenting skills and consistent/frequent visitation in an effort to reunify families and reduce the length of time in out of home placement. Visits occur at the Jacob Center or in the community. Supervising staff provide updates and case management as it relates to visits. At this time Supervised Visitation services are only available to referred families who have open cases with DHS.
Levels of Supervision:
Sometimes when parents are in crisis, it is difficult to be present and in the moment, being able to meet their children’s needs before their own. At this level of supervision, Visitation Staff will be within line of sight and able to hear every word spoken. Visitation Staff will also provide feedback to parents during and/or after visits. Some feedback topics include:
During this time, Visitation Staff will leave the room to give the family some space. Visitation Staff will always be within 50 feet and earshot; readily available should there be any questions or if a crisis were to arise.
Transitional Support is offered to parents and children who have recently been granted unsupervised time. Check-ins, help with transportation, planning, and parent feedback is provided as-needed. Services are offered for two weeks after unsupervised time begins.