This program seeks to reunify families who have children placed in foster
homes, residential treatment centers, or group homes.
The Family Reunification program
offers three types of service:
- The Parent Education Course is for parents who voluntarily
sign a Parent Education Participant Agreement to attend a seven-week
education program as part of the plan for reunification with their
children. Staffed by DHHS social workers, this program teaches basic
concepts of discipline, and techniques for changing behavior. Parents
are expected to score 80% or better on a written test at the end of
- The In-home Parent Education program meets in the home with
parents who have multiple needs. Provided under contract by a variety
of community agencies, the program seeks to alter non-productive or harmful
behaviors of parents. Parents are taught different techniques for
parenting that are appropriate for different ages of children.
- Supervised Visitation is contracted through a variety of
community agencies. In this program, trained staff supervise visitation
between parents and children. By observing parent-child interactions,
staff identify areas for education parents in their parenting skills.
Supervised Visitation also provides a safe environment for