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Mon, 05/30/2016 - 15:09

Nearly 600 children in Westchester County foster care desperately need to stay connected to their families of origin.  For families who have children placed in foster care, frequent and ongoing contact with one another is critical.  Visiting reduces the trauma that children experience by being separated and increases their chances of living in a forever home.

Visit Hosts are professionally trained community volunteers who support families by supervising and supporting them as they visit one another. Using Coached Visitation, a model developed by Marty Beyer, Ph.D., Visit Hosts guide parents as they cope with their own feelings, respond to the unique needs of their children and build on the strengths in each family.  Coached visitation helps parents plan for each visit, making visits meaningful to families, in a natural environment and community-based whenever possible.

The next Visit Host volunteer training begins on June 15th. To learn more and apply, please contact Jackie Boissonnault at 914-345-5900, ext. 7518 or at boissonj@mhawestchester.org.

Information

For information about Host Visitation or to volunteer, please contact Jackie Boissonnault, Program Director, at 914-345-5900, ext. 7518 or at boissonj@mhawestchester.org

Languages Spoken

Services are available in English and Spanish.

Cost

Host Visitation is a free service.

Affiliation

Host Visitation is a contract service through the Westchester County Department of Social Services.