Eckerd Family Visitation Services

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About This Program

Target Population: Families separated by court order due to child abuse or neglect and currently involved in the child welfare system. Parents must be working toward reunification with their child(ren).

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

Eckerd Family Visitation Services is a therapeutic supervised visitation program for parents who, through court order, have been removed from their children due to child abuse or neglect and are working toward reunification. Eckerd Family Visitation Services is specifically targeted at helping parents who lack the parenting skills needed to successfully reunify and prevent their children from re-entering an out-of-home placement. The program is designed to work with families for an average of 6 months and support an integrated succession from visitation in a controlled office setting, to a community setting and eventually to a home setting. During these 6 months, a licensed therapist works with the families on specific skills and supports their individualized needs. Therapists conduct pre/post family assessments and work with the dependency case manager and family to develop individualized treatment goals. Therapists monitor all interaction between the children and parents while providing coaching and mentoring on appropriate parent/child interaction. Staff records all parent-child interactions to the court per court order.

Program Goals:

The goals of Eckerd Family Visitation Services are:

  • Increase parenting capability
  • Increase positive family interaction during visitation
  • Increase reunification rates
  • Decrease number of children re-entering out-of-home care

Contact Information

Stanley Brizz
Title: Director of Community Services
Agency/Affiliation: Eckerd
Phone: (321) 253-0032
Fax: (321) 253-0042
Talia Bryant, LMHC
Title: Family Services Program Manager
Agency/Affiliation: Eckerd
Phone: (321) 735-7249
Fax: (321) 735-8105

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2014

Last CEBC Contact Date: March 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: December 2012