Family Visitation and Parent Coaching

We support family reunification through our Family Visitation and Parent Coaching program. Held in our newly remodeled, family-friendly visitation room, SPARC’s Visitation Program offers professional staff to observe court-ordered visitation between parents and children in foster care. SPARC also has Visitation Coaches for parents in need of guidance and support with parenting skills. Safety of children is our highest priority.

SPARC coaches offer parenting support utilizing the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) curriculum which informs parents how to positively respond to behavior challenges. Coaches guide parents in these parenting skills while remaining trauma-informed and strengths-based. Coaches help parents identify their parenting strengths and challenges. Through hands-on teaching, parents are better prepared to have their children return to their home. 

SPARC coaches are available to transport children and/or parents to/from visits in order to reduce transportation barriers. Visits may occur in the DSS office or the community, as determined by the Social Worker. Community visits allow families to experience each other in a more natural environment. And in doing so, allows parents the opportunity to engage their children differently and practice additional skills. 

Families often have scheduling challenges that require visits to occur outside the typical 9-5, M-F workday. SPARC coaches will develop schedules with families that works for them in accordance with their court order. This means visits may occur in the early evening or a Saturday morning for working parents.  
SPARC's Visitation Coach, Lisa Condrey, supervises a visit between a mom and her son.