Supervised Visits may seem a little intimidating at first. Navigating an unfamiliar system and processing the emotions associated with the removal of your children, as well as the circumstances and events for the removal, can bring a tidal wave of emotions. Our Case Aides understand this and strive to work with parents to provide safe, consistent, and timely visits, which support case plans and reunification.
UNDERSTANDING THE REFERRAL FOR SUPERVISED VISITS.
TIME FRAME AND NUMBER OF VISITS
Most referrals provide a 12-week or 3-month time frame in which visits will take place. Visits will typically be scheduled for 2-hours twice a week or 4-hours once a week.
LOCATION FOR VISITS
The DCS Case Manager will designate the location in which the visits need to take place. Visits typically occur in one of four places; a DCS Office, a community visitation center, the community, such as a park, library, restaurant, etc., or when approved, a parent's home.
WHO CAN BE PRESENT AT VISITS
The DCS Case Manager will specify who can be present at the visits. Initially, only the parent(s) and children are able to attend the visits, as the focus is on the primary relationship between the parent and the children.
The DCS Case Manager must provide the approval for any additional people to be present at the visit and communicate it to the Case Aide prior to the visit.
ROLE OF THE CASE AIDE
The Case Aide's role is to arrange a time with the parent and the foster family, in order to pick up the children and transport the children to the visit with the parent. The Case Aide will supervise the visit and then transport the children back to their foster family.
The Case Aide does not work for DCS and therefore, does not make decisions pertaining to the case. For example, a Case Aide does not determine who may attend a visit. For all matters relating to the case, a parent should contact their DCS Case Manager.
DOCUMENTATION AND REPORTS
During a visit, you will see the Case Aide taking notes. The Case Aide will document things that a parent is doing well and areas that a parent may need to improve in.
CASE AIDE'S INVOLVEMENT DURING A VISIT
The Case Aide is required to be present for the entire visit and needs to be within eye shot and ear shot at all times. This requires everyone to go the restroom even when only one person needs to use the bathroom. The Case Aide will provide coaching and feedback during the visit. The Case Aide is responsible to intervene when there is a safety concern or if the visit needs to be ended. Please see visitation rules.
All Aides are required to report allegations of abuse. The Child Abuse Hotline is 1-888-SOS-CHILD.