Working with Birth Parents I: Visitation
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Charley Joyce, LICSW explores problems and solutions relating to birth parent visits. Mr. Joyce discusses the three phases of the visitation process and identifies strategies foster parents can use to make visits positive and productive. The role of the foster parent during visits and the benefits for foster children of birth parent visits are covered. Supplemental handouts are included.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify three phases of the visitation process
  • list the benefits for foster children of visitation with biological parents
  • describe the role of the foster parent in the visitation process
  • identify problems that may occur before, during, and after visitation
  • identify solutions to problems that may occur during the visitation process
At the end of the day we all have to realize that what everyone should want is the well-being of the children. I try to do my best to maintain a positive relationship with the birth parents. I try not to take things personally. I understand that at times the birth parents are resentful towards me since I have their children. Being a foster parent isn't always easy, but it is a rewarding experience.
Angelina H.

This course explores different aspects related to visitations with birth parents:

  • coping with frustration

  • supporting the foster child after the visit

  • cancellations and no-shows

  • working with caseworkers and custodians

  • pre-visit anxiety

(2 credit hours, $10.00 per person)