Therapeutic Facilitated Visitation (TFV)

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About This Program

Target Population: Families with children ages birth to 18-years-old who are receiving co-occurring services (such as families with children in out-of-home placement who are referred through the Family Courts to therapeutic intervention and facilitated visitation) from the local department of Social Services or Kinship Caretakers

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 18

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 18

Brief Description

Commitment to enhancing visitation opportunities for children and families led to the development of the TFV program. The focus is on the family’s strengths and resiliency–and the ultimate goal is reunification and permanency. TFV is designed to create, maintain, and strengthen family relationships, with the goal of enhancing a child’s well-being and lessening the impact of separation.

The duration and number of visits per week is determined by Family Courts, however all program visits include 15-minute previsit and postvisit sessions. During these times, the parent and caseworker plan a healthy, family-focused visit beforehand, and afterwards discuss areas of strength, concern, and next steps. The visit is closely monitored at all times; yet the program allows for an evolution from the structured, agency-based environment to community activities, and ultimately a home environment, as deemed appropriate.

Program Goals:

The goals of Therapeutic Facilitated Visitation (TFV) are:

  • Provide a safe, welcoming environment to hasten the reunification process
  • Increase parent/child bonding
  • Increase knowledge of appropriate parenting skills and capability to provide for children’s needs
  • Provide references and link families to additional services when necessary to meet children’s special physical and mental needs

Contact Information

Michelle Federowicz, MSW
Title: Vice President of Foster Care & Preventive Services, Gateway Longview
Phone: (716) 783-3187
Fax: (716) 883-0645

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: November 2016