Visitation Center


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The Children’s Home of Jefferson County’s Supervised Visitation Center provides a safe, supportive, and structured setting that facilitates meaningful visitations and connections between youth and their families. Visits are supervised by qualified, trained staff and assist in working toward the goal of family reunification.

CHJC worked diligently to create a Center designed to provide a warm, welcoming and homey environment. The rooms are furnished with comfortable, cozy furniture, toys, books, and artwork stimulating a healthy home setting.

FAMILY REUNIFICATION:

Family reunification is the primary goal for all children in our care. One of the most important factors in family reunification is successful visitation between the children and their families. CHJC's Coached Visitation Center allows a safe, supportive, neutral setting for children to interact with their families. During visits, they can begin to rebuild their family units in a health, nurturing and safe environments. Age appropriate toys and activities are provided within each designated visitation room. Positive play and communication among family members is encouraged during each visit.

COACHED VISITATION:

Traditional visitation consists of a caseworker observing parents as they interact with their children in a sterile environment. This method feels contrived and does not support the reunification process. As a result, research suggests that interactive visitation or "coached" visitation is a much more beneficial method of supporting family reunification.

Through Coached Visitation, caring, experienced staff help parents take charge of their visit and learn to respond to the child's needs, assist the child in a smooth transition to Foster Care, and help build positive attachments. In addition, Coached Visitation is a positive alternative to parent classes. It is non judgmental and non confrontational. It leads the parents' desire to learn new and appropriate parenting techniques that will aid in returning their child to their care. It includes Foster Parents as part of the learning process.

CENTER SHARED BY COMMUNITY PARTNERS:

CHJC's Visitation Center is also used by the Jefferson County Department of Social Services for their supervised child/parent visits. To maximize the use of this true community center and resource, we also partner with other local agencies and non-profits, opening the Center for their use.

TRAINED STAFF:

Visit Coaches have formal education in Child Welfare and receive on-going training. All staff are cleared through the New York State Central Registry and have a passion for helping children and families. Staff have knowledge of child development and effective parenting skills. As part of the treatment team, Visit Coaches take an active role in advocating for the parents and children.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Monday-Friday- 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturdays and Sundays- 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Contact Us

Administrative Offices

P.O. Box 6550
1704 State Street
Watertown NY 13601
Phone: 315-788-7430
Fax: 315-785-5637