Family Visitation Program
Staying true to our core values and the service philosophy of family centered care, HCS implemented the Family Visitation Program in November 2014. The program, delivered in partnership with Arizona Department of Child Safety, focuses on family reunification services. Visitation can help implement many essential family reunification goals, including maintaining the parent/child/sibling relationships; enhancing child and parent self-images; promoting partnership between parents and foster parents; learning and practicing parenting skills; helping family members confront reality; and documenting progress towards reunification goals.
Program Target Population:
The Family Visitation Program serves children ages birth through 17 years old who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment and have been referred for visitation services by Arizona Department of Child Safety.
Arizona Department of Child Safety sends referrals directly to HCS’s Family Visitation Coordinator. The Family Visitation Coordinator assigns cases to Family Visitation Case Aides after verifying referral with DCS Specialist and within seven days of receipt of approved referral.
Family Visitation should occur no less than weekly. Family Visitation Aids schedule and transport child(ren) to visitation appointment. Family Visitation Aides communicate with foster families, bi-families and DCS Specialist on the success or lack of success of the visitation. All interactions with child(ren) and families are documented and submitted to DCS.