Monthly Archives: February 2011
Visitation must be as frequent as possible consistent with the well being of the child. This is the law. Does a social worker’s schedule or budget cuts or scheduling difficulties trump the “as frequent as possible” requirement? No.
Visits as frequent as possible says what it means. If it is possible, is should occur. Is it possible to get a relative approved to do the visits? Yes. Does this happen? Rarely. Is it possible to squeeze an extra hour in addition to the minimum visitation allotment being that the visitation supervisor is already there, the facility is open and everyone is present? Yes. Is this attempted, considered or strived for on most occasions? No.
The courts must be urged for additional visitation at all times with motions to the court coupled with case law and scientific articles to support the request for more visitation.
Studies have shown that frequent visitation IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD. These studies must be presented to social workers and courts so that they become educated about the science that backs up the legal arguments and motions presented before the courts.
Attorneys and social workers have become complacent. It is too easy for many attorneys to just accept the minimum requirement and stop pushing for more frequent visitation. In the face of scientific articles or testimony setting the foundation for the great need between increased frequent visitation, social services will be hard pressed to come up with an acceptable answer for the court to not grant increased visitation. Continue reading
Effect of Limited Visitation Between a Parent and a Child and how it Affects Your Ability to Reunify with Your Child
The Department of Social Services’ failure to increase visitation hinders reunification of parent and child. DSS will sometimes take the position that therapeutic intervention is needed to increase visitation, which causes further delays. These delays can last until the deadlines for reunification are up and the court looks for permanent placement for the child. Attorneys need to push for increased for visitation at each and every stage of the proceeding to avoid this common pitfall in dependency cases. Continue reading
Visitation must be as frequent as possible so long as consistent with the child’s well being. Often, however, social workers refuse to increase visitation and cite staffing and resources as excuses. Attorneys need to push for more creative ideas to ensure that the law is enforced and visitation is as frequent as possible consistent with the child’s well being. Continue reading