- April 2005
- Vol. 6, No. 3
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
- 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).