Video Assisted Visitation

An Exploration of Child Welfare Workers’ Opinions of Using Video Assisted Visitation (VAV) in the Family Reunification Process
This article investigates the use of video assisted visitation (VAV) to consider its use in the context family reunification efforts. It explores surveys from 40 social workers using VAV as part of family reunification work. It identifies its perceived advantages (connecting to the team, relationship maintenance, therapeutic value, access due to distance, and the added visual component) and disadvantages (technology, age of the child, limitations of not being in person, and fear VAV would replace in-person visits). The discussion describes how to capitalize on the strengths and provides suggestions for how to work within the disadvantages.

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