INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SERVICES
CHILD WELFARE MANUAL
Chapter 8: Out-of-Home Services
Effective Date: May 1, 2009
Section 13: Implementing the Visitation Plan Version: 3
The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) will ensure the implementation of the Visitation
Plan for every child in out-of-home care.
DCS will seek a court order, if changes need to be made to the approved Visitation Plan for the
1. Concerns for the child’s safety and well-being;
2. Change or frequency of interaction (e.g., supervised visits to unsupervised visits);
3. The parent, guardian, or custodian states in writing that he or she no longer wishes to
4. Visitation disputes by involved parties.
If DCS files a petition for Termination of Parental Rights (TPR), visits and services are to cease
unless otherwise ordered by the court. See separate policy, 5.10 Family Services.
The Family Case Manager (FCM) will:
1. Arrange for visitation;
a. If the visits are supervised, supervise the visits or refer the family to a contract
agency or provider that specializes in visitation, and
b. If the visits are unsupervised, ensure that a visitation schedule is developed with
agreement of all parties.
2. Monitor and document the progress of the visits through:
a. Supervising visits, and/or
b. Written communication with the supervising staff/agency.
3. Monitor and facilitate positive interaction and communication if applicable, between the
parent, guardian, or custodian and the resource parent(s) according to separate policy,
8.16 Resource Parent(s) Role;
4. Monitor and document any reactions the child is having to separation from his or her
parent, guardian, or custodian, siblings, and other persons of significance. See separate
policy, 8.10 Minimum Contact;
5. Document all visits, including missed visits, in the Indiana Child Welfare Information
System (ICWIS) Visitation Log and provide this information to the cour