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Using Visitation to Support Permanency

Level: Advanced Practice – Lineworker

Credits: 6

Intended Audience: Line Workers, Supervisors, Contract Providers, and Monitors seeking to improve outcomes by increasing permanency options for children within their caseloads

Intended Objectives:

  • Learn how to make visits the center of casework practice
  • Learn how to use visits to assess progress on the case plan
  • Learn how to resolve problems during visits
  • Identify when to lift supervision of visits
  • Gain insight into importance of visitation from former foster youth

Topics Include:

  • The purpose of visitation
  • Why visitation is important
  • The benefits of visitation
  • The relation between visitation and case planning
  • The ecological perspective
  • The web of empathy
  • How to think critically about visitation and develop tools to guide decision making

CalSWEC Competencies Addressed:

2.16 Student understands the importance of the biological parent maintaining contact with the child in placement, of encouraging parents when appropriate to participate in planning, and regular parent child visitations.

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