• April 2005
  • Vol. 6, No. 3

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Guidelines for Caseworkers' Family Access and Visitation

Recognizing the importance of caseworker visits to families and children, the Child and Family Services Division of Olmsted County, MN, has developed a 47-page guide for such visits. While regulations for visiting vary among jurisdictions, this guide provides basic information that caseworkers around the country may find useful.

The Visitation/Family Access Guidelines: A Practice Model for Social Workers discusses such issues as visitation and contact with children who remain in their own homes as well as children who are placed in out-of-home care. Other topics include:

  • Written visitation and contact plans
  • Documentation of visitation
  • Who may participate
  • Frequency of visits
  • Responsibilities regarding visits
  • Quality of visits
  • Right to contact
  • Where and when visits should occur
  • Visits after placement occurs
  • Supervision
  • Visiting in specific situations

The full text is available through the county website at http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/county_access/documents/pub/dhs_id_048528.pdf (PDF - 2,161 KB).

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