Benefits of Parent-Child Visitation

  • Supports parent-child attachment

  • Eases the pain of separation for all

  • Maintains and strengthens family relationships

  • Reassures a child that their parent(s) is/are alright and helps them to eliminate self-blame for placement

  • Supports the family in dealing with changing relationships

  • Enhances parent motivation to change by providing reassurance that the parent-child relationship is important for a child’s well-being

  • Provides opportunities for parent(s) to learn and try new skills

  • Supports a child’s adjustment to the foster home

  • Enables the parent(s) to be active and stay current with their child’s development, educational and medical needs, church and community activities

  • Provides opportunities for parent(s) to assess how their child is doing, and share information about how to meet their child’s needs

  • Assists in the assessment and decision-making process regarding parenting capacities and permanency goals

  • Reduces the time in out-of-home care

  • Increases the likelihood of reunification

  • Provides the child with stability and continuity