Family Visitation Center
Foster Care Supervised Visitation:
The Children’s Center provides a family-friendly location where children and their biological parents or family members can spend time together during their period of separation. The families can visit, talk, play, and spend quality time together reconnecting in our facility. Our facility has 4 playrooms each age appropriate for children.
Visitation is essential for a child’s well-being: The primary purpose of visitation is to maintain the parent-child attachment, reduce a child’s sense of abandonment, and preserve their sense of belonging as part of a family and community. A child needs to see and have regular contact with their parent(s), as this relationship is the foundation of child development.
Visitation is fundamental to permanency: Visitation facilitates permanency planning, promotes timely reunification, and helps in the decision-making process to establish alternative permanency plans. Visitation maintains and supports the parent-child relationship necessary for successful reunification.
Visitation is vital to a child maintaining family relationships and cultural connections: Maintaining family connections has life-long significance for a child. Visitation maintains their relationships with siblings and others who have a significant role in a child’s life. When a child loses family connections, they also lose family history, medical history and cultural information. Visitation is considered the heart of reunification, but even when reunification is not likely, parents, siblings and extended family continue to be important in children’s lives.
Benefits of parent-child visitation:
- Supports parent-child attachment
- Eases the pain of separation for all
- Maintains and strengthens family relationships
- Reassures a child that their parent(s) is/are alright and helps them to eliminate self-blame for placement
- Supports the family in dealing with changing relationships
- Enhances parent motivation to change by providing reassurance that the parent-child relationship is important for a child’s well-being
- Provides opportunities for parent(s) to learn and try new skills
- Supports a child’s adjustment to the foster home
- Enables the parent(s) to be active and stay current with their child’s development, educational and medical needs, church and community activities
- Provides opportunities for parent(s) to assess how their child is doing, and share information about how to meet their child’s needs
- Assists in the assessment and decision-making process regarding parenting capacities and permanency goals
- Reduces the time in out-of-home care
- Increases the likelihood of reunification