Skilled family AFS therapists structure supportive, non-judgmental visits between parents and children shortly after the removal of a child due to abuse or neglect, or where children are experiencing mental health related issues.
- Studies show that ongoing visitation is the best predictor of reunification
- AFS hopes to accelerate the reunification process by addressing fundamental issues that led to the foster care placement including: parenting skills, anger management and family communication
- Therapeutic visitation demonstrates to the Court, the parents’ commitment to family reunification
- The AFS dedication to community-based services allows therapeutic visitation to take place in the family’s home or other community settings. Often AFS staff members transport children to and from these sessions.