Putting the Pieces Together: Harnessing the Power of Parenting Time to Strengthen the Parent-Child Relationship and Support Reunification Efforts in Your Family Treatment Court


October 12, 2021 | 11 — 12:30 PT | 12 — 1:30 MT | 1 — 2:30 CT | 2 — 3:30 ET

This Practice Academy course discusses quality parenting time as well as how to objectively measure and track progress in strengthening the parent-child relationship to support the family and inform decisions about parenting time expansion and reunification.  Parenting time is an essential component of reunification efforts for children in out-of-home care, and FTC teams have the opportunity and responsibility to encourage safe and frequent parent-child interactions that support bonding and attachment.  Watch the short video outlining core concepts on this topic prior to the Live Conversation on October 12.  Then, use the Team Discussion tool to assess your team’s strengths and challenges in providing quality parenting time and supporting the parent-child relationship.  Finally, join the Live Conversation on October 12 to hear from subject matter experts and FTC team members who have taken frequent, quality parenting time to a new level, while prioritizing discussions about the parent-child relationship in their FTC pre-court staffing and hearings.  After the Live Conversation, use the Take Action tool to shift learning into action and monitor the effect on family outcomes. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Summarize the research linking frequent, quality parenting time to improved child wellbeing and permanency outcomes.
  2. Learn how to incorporate valuable and objective information about parenting time and the parent-child relationship into FTC pre-court staffing discussions and conversations with families; and contribute to decision-making about parenting time frequency and level of supervision, if any, needed to support a family.
  3. Hear how to implement this approach from FTC team members who provide frequent, quality parenting time to strengthen and heal the parent-child relationship while informing reunification decisions.
  4. Use the Team Discussion tool and Take Action tool to create an action plan to guide implementation of this approach in your FTC.


When children have been removed from their parents’ care due to safety concerns, research has well-established that ensuring frequent and quality parenting time together is key for driving successful reunification efforts. This course examines why frequent, high-quality parenting time must be a core component of the case plan, and focuses primarily on enhancing the process of monitored and supervised parenting time. Providing frequent, quality parenting time is a team effort–this core component of a case does not fall solely on our child welfare partners or outside agencies who supervise parenting time sessions.  Teams will learn how to objectively measure and track progress in strengthening the parent-child relationship, supporting quality decision-making about parenting time expansion and reunification.


  • Will Blakeley | Program Associate | Center for Children and Family Futures
  • Dr. Lynne Katz | Research Associate Professor (Ret.) | Department of Psychology | University of Miami
  • Laura Orlando, MSW | Strive Project Director | Partners for Our Children | University of Washington School of Social Work
  • Samantha Bond, LMFT-S, LPC | Program Manager | Integral Care | Travis County, TX

Harnessing the Power of Parenting Time to Strengthen the Parent-Child Relationship and Support Reunification Efforts in Your Family Treatment Court:

Previous Learning Academy Courses:

Information Memoranda and Policy Examples

  • ACYF-CB-IM-20-02 – Family Time and Visitation for Children and Youth in Out-of-Home Care
  • ACYF-CB-IM-21-02 – Achieving Permanency for the Well-Being of Children and Youth
  • 17-OCFS-ADM-14 – New York Family Visiting Policy for Children in Foster Care
  • SSA-CW#15-18 – Maryland Parent/Child and Sibling Visitation

Parenting Time Observation and Reporting Tools

Best Practice Guides and Additional Resources


Learning Opportunities

Grantee TTA Projects


Through federally- and foundation-funded projects, Children and Family Futures and its small business subsidiary, Center for Children and Family Futures, produces publications, reports, Technical Assistance tools and web-based learning for the field. The following are featured resources from our work. For more resources or information related to a specific topic, please visit our resources page or click the “Request Assistance” button below or at the top of the page.

Request Assistance