There has long been a need for a safe and sturdy playground on the CHJC Campus to provide a therapeutic environment for children in several CHJC programs. The playground built in June 2017 now provides a suitable meeting place for children placed in the agency’s Foster Care Program, to meet with their birth parents during Supervised Coached Visitation. The normal, relaxed playground setting encourages positive interaction, allowing the bonds of healing to begin and grow. Youth in CHJC’s Residential and Therapeutic Crisis Respite Programs now also have a healthy and safe outlet to work through their own mental and behavioral health issues, and to begin their healing processes.
The playground was funded through a joint effort of the Jane E. Deline Foundation, the Walker Family Foundation, and CHJC’s Board of Directors.
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 who 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 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 healthy, nurturing and safe environment. Age appropriate toys and activities are provided within each designated visitation room. Positive play and communication among family members is encouraged during each visit.
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.
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