Supervised Visitation allows children to reconnect and reestablish the parent/child/family relationship in a safe environment. It provides parents with an opportunity to learn and practice new concepts of parenting and to assess their own ability to parent through interaction with the child. Furthermore, supervised visitation allows DCS/Probation to assess the relationship between the child and parent and to assist the parent in strengthening and developing their parenting skills.
The visitation worker’s role is to protect the integrity of the visit and provide a positive atmosphere where parents and children can interact in a safe, structured environment. The worker will also assist the family by strengthening, teaching, demonstrating, role modeling appropriate skills and monitoring in, but not limited to the following areas:
- Establishing and/or strengthening the parent/child relationship
- Instructing parents in child care skills such as feeding, diapering, proper hygiene
- Teaching positive affirmations and praising when appropriate
- Providing instruction about child development stages, current and future
- Teaching age-appropriate discipline
- Teaching positive parent-child interaction through conversation and play
- Providing opportunities for snack and meal
- Responding to children’s questions and requests
- Teaching safety regarding age-appropriate toys, climbing, running, jumping, or other safety
- issues depending on the environment
- Managing the needs of children of differing ages at the same time
- Helping parents gain confidence in meeting their child’s needs
- Visit planning
- Teaching age appropriate activities that encourage child development and resiliency
- Identifying and assessing potentially stressful situations between parents and their children
Upon receiving a referral for supervised visitation, our staff will make every attempt possible to conduct a visit within 48 hours.
A high school diploma and 5 years of experience in providing supervised visitation or a Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, or a directly related field.