Family/Child Visiting

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Resources

  • Organizational Self Study on Parent-Child and Sibling Visits
    NRCPFC created this self-study assessment tool to assist agencies with reviewing the core principles of parent-child and sibling visitingThe tool is designed to review overall agency readiness, assess administrative policies, and identify strengths and challenges in parent-child and sibling visiting practice. This assessment tool can aid you in shaping your technical assistance needs. (May 2011)
  • Putting the Pieces of Family Visits Together: A Guide for Foster Parents
    This Familyconnect guide serves as a resource for foster parents regarding family visits. The information was collected through interviews with foster parents, social work­ers, children and birth parents. It provides infor­mation about: what to expect regarding your role in family visits; typical reactions children and parents may have before and after visits; relating effectively with birth parents; and, strategies in preparing and transitioning children to and from family visits. (2012)
  • Rise: Making the Most of Visits
    When children go into foster care, visits are a chance for families to maintain and strengthen the bonds they share. But visits can also bring out all the stress, sadness, and anger that families feel. In this issue of Rise Magazine, parents show how they’ve made visits a special time despite the stress of supervision and the pain of saying good-bye. Parents and parent advocates also discuss how the system can further improve visiting conditions and supports so that more families can successfully reunify. Rise Magazine is written by and for parents involved in the child welfare system. (Summer 2011) 
  • Rise - A Time to Bond: A Parent-to-Parent Guide to Making the Most of Visits with Children in Foster Care 
    The true stories in this workbook from Rise Magazine show how parents have succeeded in bonding with children in foster care during visits. Lessons and worksheets give child welfare professionals the tools to use the stories in a parent support group, parenting education classes, or one-on-one discussions. Parents learn from the true stories of their peers. The workbook includes 8 stories by parents who have reunified with their children; discussion guides for each story for use in parenting classes, support groups, or staff training; visit journals for each story to help parents reflect on their experiences, set goals, and keep track of their progress during visits; and, interviews with visiting experts. The workbook is available for purchase. Two sample stories and lessons are available for free online. (2011)
  • Connecting with Siblings 
    This article from Fostering Connections to Success – From Vision to Implementation, The Judges’ Page newsletter, addresses the Fostering Connections Act and sibling issues. Article by: Hon. Leonard Edwards (ret), Judge-in-Residence, Center for Families, Children and the Courts, California Administrative Office of the Courts. (July 2011)
  • Foster Youth Transition Checklist
    This checklist from the Alliance for Children’s Rights is designed to help professionals ensure foster youth are prepared for their transition to independent living. Questions that should be considered before a youth’s foster care case is closed in Dependency Court are listed. The questions address: contact information for the child welfare agency and agencies that may be able to provide assistance, completion of the Transitional Independent Living Plan, health needs, educational needs, housing, credit and finances, legal issues, and sibling visitation. A list of resources for transitioning youth is provided. (2010)
  • Familyconnect: Making Family Visits Work for Children in Foster Care
    The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare features the October 2008 Familyconnect: Making Family Visits Work for Children in Foster Care conference. On the website, you can view samples of the foster care guides. You can also access a literature review (Innovative Practice in Foster Child Visitation: A Review of the Literature for Family Alternatives, Inc.); this document includes an annotated bibliography of resources. (October 2008)
  • Permanency Planning Today: Visiting
    This issue of Permanency Planning Today, NRCPFC’s bi-annual newsletter, explores the topic of visiting. It highlights visiting strategies and discusses how to respond to children’s questions. (Summer 2008)
  • Programs that Provide Services to Support Family Visiting of Children in Foster Care
    To provide a resource for child welfare professionals, the NRCPFC has established a database of agencies and programs providing services that help children in foster care visit with their families. The purposes of the database are to (1) support child welfare agency staff in the identification of visiting programs that might be resources for children in care and their families, and (2) assist agencies and professionals that are interested in developing visiting services in identifying and contacting programs that provide the types of services they wish to develop, thereby supporting the further development of such services. (August 2008)
  • Visit Coaching: Building on Family Strengths to Meet Children’s Needs
    Visits between children in foster care and their families often do not build on family strengths or help them demonstrate they can meet their children's safety and developmental needs. Visits can alienate parents, children, and foster parents, and the parent's grief, anger, and preoccupation with complying with court-ordered treatment often obscure their children's needs. Visit coaching is an innovative approach that can replace parenting classes and office-based visits with hands-on guidance for families in meeting their children's needs. The visit coach, who may be their caseworker or a variety of other trained individuals, helps parents take charge of visits and demonstrate more responsiveness to each child. Beyer, M. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, Vol. 59, Issue 1. (April 2008)
  • Visitation with Infants and Toddlers in Foster Care: What Judges and Attorneys Need to Know 
    Children at different stages in life react differently to separation from a parent, based primarily on their ability to understand the reasons for separation and the range and maturity of their coping strategies. The younger the child and the longer the period of uncertainty and separation from the primary caregiver, the greater the risk of harm to the child. Therefore, frequent, meaningful parent-child visits are critical for infants and toddlers in foster care. This Practice & Policy Brief: explains why visitation is particularly important for very young children; emphasizes the role of visitation in permanency planning; highlights key elements of successful visitation plans for infants and toddlers; suggests strategies for addressing barriers to visitation; reviews the judge’s role in supporting parent-child visits; and, shares promising community approaches to visitation. Smariga, M. American Bar Association and ZERO TO THREE. (July 2007)
  • Sibling Kinnections: A Clinical Visitation Program 
    The growing literature on sibling relationships throughout the lifespan is of great importance to those working in the child welfare system, and in adoption services in particular. Sibling bonds are important to all of us, but they are particularly vital to children from disorganized or dysfunctional families. These relationships assume even greater importance when children from these families enter the care system. Supporting and sustaining sibling bonds should be, and most often is, a priority throughout the child welfare system, with practice literature providing guidelines for arranging and sustaining sibling contact. However, children in the care system may also have dysfunctional sibling relationships as a result of their early experiences, and sibling visitation alone may not be enough to ensure a healthy, long-lasting relationship among siblings. Some form of sibling therapy, or ‘clinically supervised visitation,’ may be required to help children remove the barriers to form mutually satisfying relationships and to reinforce life-long relationships with each other. Pavao, J. M.; St. John, M.; Cannole, R. F.; Fischer, T.; Maluccio, A.; Peining, S. Center for Family Connections. Child Welfare, Vol. 86, No. 2, p. 13-30. (March/April 2007)
  • Facilitating Visitation for Infants with Prenatal Substance Exposure 
    Permanency planning for infants with prenatal substance exposure is challenging due to characteristics of the infants and the ongoing substance use or relapse of the parents. Visitation is a primary mechanism through which child welfare workers determine and support permanency planning. Productive use of visitation for permanency planning for infants with prenatal substance exposure is described, along with strategies for skillfully focusing visits on issues and needs relevant to this population. Burry, C. L.; Wright, L. Child Welfare: Journal of Policy, Practice, and Program, Vol 85(6). Pp. 899-918. (November/December 2006)
  • Factors to Consider Before Limiting, Suspending, or Terminating Parent-Child Visits – Family Court Practitioner Tool 
    Parent-child visits are a critical part of permanency planning, and of treatment and recovery. Visits can also be a tool for building positive relationships between parents and foster parents, which is always in children’s best interest, protecting them from feeling torn loyalties and increasing the likelihood these relationships will continue no matter what the permanency outcome. But visits can also be emotionally painful, challenging, and difficult, a reality which is often misused as a reason to limit or suspend visits. This chart lists some common reasons for moving to limit or restrict visits, as well as less commonly considered explanations and adjustments to make before visits are limited or reduced. Because visits can be so critical to children’s well-being, sense of self, and need for attachment and belonging, reducing or terminating visits should be reserved for when the visits pose a safety or well-being threat, and even here, reinstating visits should be re-assessed as circumstances change over time. Children of Alcoholics Foundation. Phoenix House. (Rev. October 2006)
  • Accounting for Culture in Supervised Visitation Practices
    This edition of Synergy, a publication of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Family Violence Department, contains this interesting article. While the focus is on family visiting centers used in domestic violence cases, it has great applicability in the field of child welfare visiting practices, as well. (Summer 2006)
  • Family Visitation of Children and Youth in Foster Care
    This issue of The Judge’s Page Newsletter highlights how courts can make appropriate and effective visitation decisions for children in foster care, their siblings and parents. National CASA Association & National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. (June 2006)
  • Sibling Issues in Foster Care and Adoption
    This bulletin explores research, intervention strategies, and resources to assist professionals in preserving connections among siblings. It includes a section on maintaining ties between separated siblings. Bulletins for Professionals. Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2006)
  • Touchpoints: Preparing Children for Transitions 
    This guide emphasizes the need to provide children in the child welfare system with honest information throughout the permanency process. A chart provides key points to discuss, recommended information providers, and recommended materials for the following topics: entering out-of-home care, birthparent visitation, sibling visitation, court events, change of placements, reunification, adoption, identification of foster family as the adoptive family, identification of a relative as the adoptive family, recruitment of an adoptive family, adoption disruption, pre-placement visits, post-adoption services, transition to independent living, and transracial adoption. Adoption Resources for Transitions, Inc. Adoption Resources of Wisconsin. (2006)
  • Judicial Oversight of Parental Visitation in Reunification Cases
    This article, from Juvenile and Family Court Journal by Judge Leonard P. Edwards, explores the issue of visitation between a child and parents in the context of child protection proceedings. It concludes that visitation between a child and her parents often occurs too infrequently; as a result, the relationship between the child and parents can be damaged, the child can suffer further trauma, and the chances for successful family reunification may be reduced. Finally, judges and social service agencies can and must improve both the quality and quantity of parent-child visitation. (Summer 2003)
  • Visitation: Through the Eyes of a Child
    This issue of Practice Notes from the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare – University of Minnesota looks at visiting with a special emphasis on two situations of separation and loss requiring specific attention: sibling separation and children with incarcerated mothers. (January 2003)
  • Toolbox #1: Using Visitation to Support Permanency
    This publication by Lois Wright, which can be ordered from the Child Welfare League of America, presents the best professional child welfare practice in planning and implementing visitation between children in out-of-home care and their parents, within the context of current federal legislation emphasizing permanency planning. This toolbox contains helpful aids and tools that practitioners can use quickly and easily to guide their thinking and the information necessary to use the tools fully and meaningfully. (2000)
  • Child Protection Best Practices Bulletin: Connecting Children with Incarcerated Parents 
    When a parent goes to jail or prison, their children are punished as well. Parental separation due to incarceration has profound impacts on children’s psychological, developmental, and financial well-being. Children have varying reactions to the trauma of separation from a parent due to incarceration. Often times children experience shame and isolation, and they are stigmatized by the larger society. They feel guilty and are unsure if they are to blame for their parent’s incarceration. This resource includes information on parent-child visiting between a child and an incarcerated parent.
  • Changes in Children’s Behavior Before and After Parent Visits. Ages 1-5 Years. You and Your Foster Child
    Designed for foster parents, this brief explains changes in child behavior that may occur before visits with biological parents and behaviors that might occur after such visits. Strategies foster parents can use to prepare children for visits are discussed, as well as techniques for facilitating visits, providing after-visit support, and helping children cope with canceled visits. University of Pittsburgh - Office of Child Development.
Resources From the States
  • Iowa

    • Practice Bulletin: Family Interaction as a Pathway to Permanency
      This resource highlights the Iowa Family Interaction Initiative, which promotes regular, reliable, and goal-oriented interaction among children in placement and their parents and family members. The bulletin explains expectations and goals, and describes the roles of the caseworker, parent, foster parent, and provider in developing a family interaction plan. Iowa Department of Human Services. (October 2009)
    • What Happens in Juvenile Court?: A Handbook for Iowa Children, Recommended for Ages Approximately 3-6 
      This handbook is designed to provide information on the Iowa juvenile court system to children ages 3 to 6 years old. It begins by stating the goal of the court to make sure children are cared for and safe, and then uses a story of two children in the foster care system to discuss foster care placement, sibling visitation, the role of the judge, and the roles of other professionals in the child welfare system. Worksheets are provided to engage children in communicating their wishes and to allay fears about coming to court. Children and Families of Iowa. (2007)
  • Minnesota
    • Trial Home Visits: Strengthening Reunification Practices
      Volume 18 of Practice Notes from the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota addresses the topic of trial home visits, which are court-ordered placements of a child with his or her parents after a stay in foster care. The visits are closely monitored to assess parent readiness for reunification and the child's safety, and the agency maintains legal custody of the child. The issue provides information on trial home visits specific to Minnesota, as well as more general information on visits and best practices, red flags for reentry, strengthening parenting capacity, the ethnic and cultural factor, and closing the case. (March 2006)
    • Minnesota PIP TIPS 
      The state provides these resources to counties for assistance in their individual Program Improvement Plans. They include tips on:
      • Visits with Parents (June 2004)
      • Visits with Siblings in Foster Care (July 2004)
  • Nebraska

    • Parenting Time Protocol 
      A protocol is provided for ensuring children in foster care in Nebraska have visiting time with their biological parents to reinforce the attachments between parent and child, and to promote timely reunification. The protocol addresses the initial icebreaker meeting between the foster parents and the biological family, the initial visit between parent and child, documentation of visits, ongoing assessments of visits on a monthly basis, safety concerns, roles and responsibilities of all parties involved with the children, levels of supervision of the visits, sibling visitation, and training on the protocol. Appendices describe the progression of visits, include a chart that recommends best practices for parent child visits based on the child’s age, and provide a visiting schedule for substance abusing parents. Hall County Protocol Committee Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative. (June 2009)

  • New Jersey
    • Post-Adoption Sibling Contact: Some Issues to Consider
      This policy brief considers the issues surrounding sibling contact after an adoption. It begins by noting the recommendation of the New Jersey Supreme Court to conduct a legislative review to consider the importance of maintaining sibling relationships in the post-adoption context against the need for protecting parental autonomy, the harmony of the new family unit, and ensuring the success of the New Jersey adoption system. The importance of the sibling relationship is then discussed, as well as the complications of sibling visitation, New Jersey adoption law that gives the adoptive parents exclusive responsibility for and authority over the child, and the conscious exclusion of adopted families from New Jersey’s Grandparent Visitation Statute. The case is then made that compelling visitation over the objection of the adoptive parent could result in the undermining of their authority and ability to make parental decisions in other areas of the child’s life, and that it may cause potential adoptive parents to think twice about getting involved with the child welfare system. The brief concludes with a call for a task force to solicit input from young adults who have aged out of the foster care system, adoptive families, foster families, those who recruit adoptive homes, and psychological experts regarding the pros and cons of post-adoption contact between siblings coming out of foster care and other members of the child’s birth family. Association for Children of New Jersey Special Report.  (September 2006)
  • New Mexico 

    • Child Protection Best Practices Bulletin: Parent-Child Visitation 
      This New Mexico best practices bulletin addresses the following topics: What is Parent-Child Visitation?; What is current practice?; What is best practice?; What are the advantages of Parent-Child Visitation?; Roles; Visitation Planning Suggestions. (2009)

  • New York 

    • Sibling Placement and Visitation 
      Part of a series of booklets for youth in care in New York, this guide provides information on sibling placement and visitation. It reviews New York State’s requirements on placing siblings together in foster care, reasons to place siblings together, what prevents siblings from being placed together, and sibling visitation when placed in foster care or Office of Children and Family Services facilities. Additional information is provided on adoption requirements for siblings. A list of sources for more information is included. Need to Know Series. Youth in Progress. New York State. Office of Children and Family Services. Center for Development of Human Services.  (Rev. December 2011)
    • Foster Parents Speak: Crossing Bridges and Fostering Change – Discussion and Resource Guide  
      This discussion and resource guide are designed to be used with the video, “Foster Parents Speak: Crossing Bridges and Fostering Change”. The video presents ten foster parents who speak candidly about the challenges in developing and nurturing shared parenting relationships with birth families and professionals to benefit the children in their care. The foster parents share real life techniques and strategies for improving communication and cooperation to create partnerships that support children in the foster care system. Starter questions are provided for stimulating discussion before watching the video followed by suggested discussion topics in eight areas that address: the challenges of foster parents, keeping children connected to their birth parents, working with birth families, understanding birth families, supporting visitation, finding support for foster parents, reunification, and changing the world one life at a time. Additional resources are listed for each area. Also, see the Discussion Guide and Printable Resources List. New York State Citizens’ Coalition for Children. (July 2008) 
  • North Carolina

    • Parent-Child Visits: Managing the Challenges, Reaping the Rewards 
      This resource describes strategies foster caregivers can use to facilitate visitation and to prepare and support the child. The article also lists 10 ways caseworkers can support foster parents around visitation. North Carolina Division of Social Services. Fostering Perspectives: Views on Foster Care and Adoption in North Carolina, Vol. 15, No. 1. (November 2010)

  • Oregon
    • Children Visiting Incarcerated Parents
      Just like other parents in the child welfare system, parents who are incarcerated continue to have the right to be involved in their children’s lives, whatever the crime the parent has committed and as long as parental rights have not been terminated. Children maintain their right to have a relationship with their parent, despite the parent’s incarceration. These families have special challenges and issues that can be addressed so both parents and children can continue relationships that will be of value to both of them. This resource is a section of the Oregon Child Welfare Procedure Manual and was adapted from materials in the Colorado Procedure Manual. (June 2007)
    • Principles of Good Visitation Practice
      This resource from the Oregon Child Welfare Procedure Manual identifies and provides guidance on principles of good visitation practice. It was adapted from Kathleen Ohman, Ph.D University of Denver Child Welfare Training and Research Project. (June 2007)
  • Texas

    • A Guide for Those “Aging Out” for Foster Care in Texas 
      This manual is designed to give foster youth an overview of issues they should consider as they get ready to leave the Texas foster care system. It includes a section on sibling visitation. 2nd Edition. Texas Foster Youth Justice Project. (2010)

Research

  • The Connections Project: A Relational Approach to Engaging Birth Parents in Visitation
    This paper presents a practical framework for relational practice with birth families, organized around parental visitation. The approach was developed in the Birth Family-Foster Family Connections Project, a three-year collaborative research demonstration project between a large private agency and the Washington State Department of Child and Family Services. The overall goal of the Connections Project, which served young children from infancy to age 6, was to create supportive connections among birth families, foster families, children and the child welfare system. Although engaging parents in child welfare services is a challenging task for social workers, the Connections Project resulted in strong parent-worker relationships, very high participation in weekly visitation by birth parents, and quite extensive contact between birth and foster families. The paper describes relational strategies used by Connections social workers before and during visits, with the goal of providing child welfare social workers with a practical and effective framework for engaging parents through this core child welfare service. Child Welfare: Journal of Policy, Practice, and Program, Vol 87(6), pp. 5-30. (2008)
  • Characteristics of Supervised Visitation Programs Serving Child Maltreatment and Other Cases
    Supervised visitation programs allow parents who may be a risk to their children or to another parent to experience parent-child contact while in the presence of an appropriate third party. Use of a “neutral third party” to oversee such contact has long been recognized as essential in child maltreatment cases in which the child has been removed from the home. This paper presents the results of an exploratory study of the structural and functional characteristics of 47 supervised visitation programs in Florida. Findings indicated that programs are typically operated on small budgets, with the related challenges of limited hours of operation, delayed or denied services to families in need, small and/or unpaid staff, and inadequate security measures. Recommendations for stable and sufficient funding as well as statutory legitimization are provided. Crook, W.P.; Oehme, K. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, Vol. 7(4), pp. 291-304. (November 2007)
  • Successful Family Reunifications: The Power of Stories (Including, Evidence-Based Practices Related to Family Reunification and Stability) 
    This report discusses the outcomes of a project that explored the experiences of 12 parents who have been successfully reunified with their children for over a year and are doing well. All of the reunified children (16 in total) had been in out-of-home placement more than 3 months (the median was 12-15 months). At the time of the child protective services removal, one-quarter of the children were less than one year old and three of the sixteen were teenagers. All of the reunifications had been for at least a year and not more than five years. For the study, each parent was privately asked to tell his or her story and four areas of inquiry were explored: getting my children back, keeping my family together, advice for other parents, and parents’ ideas for change. The report uses the parents’ own words to describe their experiences and ideas in each of the areas of inquiry. Key factors parents identified as helping them succeed include: housing, including clean and sober shelters, transitional housing, and availability of Section 8 vouchers; assistance in accessing services and effective coordination among service providers; being held accountable and participating in staffings and court hearings; and parent-child visits being scheduled right away, available more than once per week, and held in a comfortable setting. Jamieson, M. Children’s Home Society of Washington. (September 2006) 
  • Making Visits Better: The Perspectives of Parents, Foster Parents, and Child Welfare Workers
    Mothers of children recently placed in foster care, foster mothers and child welfare workers participated in semi-structured, clinical interviews focusing on the challenges of parent visitation with young children. Many mothers described their feelings of grief, trauma and rage about the forced separation from their children; and prioritized emotional expression and communication during visits. Many child welfare workers described the complexities of supporting emotionally close parent-child interactions while monitoring and assessing parental behavior during visits. Many foster mothers described the importance of preparing children for visits, and the difficulties of supporting them afterwards. Implications of understanding mothers', foster mothers' and child welfare workers' perspectives for enhancing the quality of visits with young children are discussed in this study from the Children and Family Research Center. (July 2001)

Curricula

  • Introduction to Parent-Child Visits
    Child Welfare Information Gateway and the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) partnered to provide this free, self-guided online training on facilitating visits between parents and children involved with the child welfare system. The training promotes safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by providing information to help child welfare professionals maintain family connections when children are in out-of-home care. Participants will learn how parent-child visits can enhance efforts toward family reunification and improve outcomes for children and families. The training includes best practices regarding parent-child visits for child welfare workers, supervisors, and related professionals. This training is based on workshops and materials developed by Rose Marie Wentz, NRCPFC Consultant. (2010)
  • Family Reunification through Visitation
    This 12 hour online curriculum examines knowledge related to the development of successful Visitation Plans and strategies to enhance caregiver involvement in the visitation process so that families may have better opportunities to achieve reunification. Developed by: Deborah Wilson Gadsden. The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program. University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work. Pittsburgh, PA. (July 2006)

Webcasts and Videos

  • Visit Coaching: Building on Family Strengths to Meet Children’s Needs
    Visits between children in foster care and their families often do not build on family strengths or help them to demonstrate that they can meet their children’s safety and developmental needs. Visits can alienate parents, children, and foster parents, and the parent’s grief, anger, and preoccupation with complying with court-ordered treatment often obscure their children’s needs. Visit coaching is an innovative approach that can replace parenting classes and office-based visits with hands-on guidance for families in meeting their children’s needs. Visit coaches, who may be caseworkers or a variety of other trained individuals, help parents to take charge of visits and demonstrate more responsiveness to each child. In this archived NRCPFC webcast, National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) Assistant Director, Judy Blunt, and NRCPFC Consultant, Marty Beyer discuss how the innovative approach of Visit Coaching can build on family strengths to meet children’s needs. (April 2010)
  • Best Practices in Dependency: Planned, Purposeful and Progressive Visits – Parts 1 and 2
    In this video, Rose Wentz, Consultant for the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections, discusses how to have safe and successful visits. Rose covers the definition of visits per federal law, best practice standards, and the connections a child needs while in care. With audience interaction, she reviews a four-step decision-making process for developing a visit plan to meet a child’s needs and enable parents to improve parenting skills. She also looks at how to develop a visit plan that will meet the goal of allowing children to have a safe visit in the most natural and home-like situation. This program is sponsored by the University of Washington School of Law’s Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA). Click for Part 1 and Part 2. (June 2008)

NRCPFC Information Packets

PowerPoint Presentations

  • Visiting: the Heart of Reunification
    Dr. Gary Mallon, Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections, developed this PowerPoint presentation on the basics of Parent-Child Visiting for a Technical Assistance Visit to the Thibodaux Region of Louisiana. It may be useful to others who are considering Parent-Child Visiting Issues in their State, Tribe or Local District. (2011)

Websites

  • Child Welfare Information Gateway
    Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children’s Bureau, connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.
  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Technical Assistance
    The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Technical Assistance Coordinating Center (MIECHV TACC), is a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The MIECHV TACC website provides support to HRSA grantees in implementing MIECHV funded home visiting programs. The website is divided into two sections: 1) Training and 2) Resources. The training section provides visitors access to archived home visiting audio and visual training materials. The home visiting section also offers a portal for peer-to-peer information sharing. The resources section features links to organizations, websites, materials and other resources on issues associated with home visiting and improved child and family outcomes.
  • The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
    Supervised visitation is face-to-face contact between parents and their children in foster care that is scheduled in advance in a neutral setting. This type of visitation maintains parent-child relationships necessary for successful family reunification while maintaining child safety. Research that has been conducted on supervised visitation identifies maintaining parent-child and other family attachments, in addition to reducing the sense of abandonment that children experience during placement as potential benefits of this type of intervention. The Supervised Visitation section of the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse (CEBC) website provides information about Supervised Visitation programs that have been reviewed by the CEBC.

 

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