Visitation Supervision Continuum.
Arizona Department of Economic Security. Division of Children, Youth and Families.
View Printable Version: Download
Intended for Arizona child protective services (CPS) specialists, this paper discusses the positive correlation between family contact and family reunification and explains guidelines for facilitating visitation. It begins by describing the different characteristics of visitation as the case moves through the system and the child is getting closer to reunification. Guidelines for the initial placement phase, the central phase, and the reunification phase are discussed. Principles that should inform the development and implementation of a visitation plan are then explained, following by specific visitation guidelines for highly structured and strict supervision visits, moderate supervision visits, and relaxed and/or intermittent supervision, including overnight visits. The guidelines address actions that should be taken by the specialist to handle problems that arise during the visitation, as well as the length of the visit, inappropriate parental behavior, and best practice tips. Guidelines are also presented for sibling visitation. The next section lists case-specific considerations that should be explored by specialists when developing visitation plans. Considerations related to the child, family relationships, and the involvement of foster parents are listed. The paper closes with a chart that proposes developmentally related visit activities for infants, toddlers, preschool children, school aged children, young adolescents, and older adolescents. 1 reference.
parental visits; family relationships; preserving connections; sibling visits; family reunification; guidelines; arizona