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Monday, November 12, 2012

Job Opportunity

The Department of Human Services has a contract services job opportunity.  For more information, please contact:

Christen Satchwell, CRC/CA
Cheboygan Department of Human Services
827 S Huron Street
Cheboygan, MI 49721 or

Email correspondence to SatchwellC@michigan.gov
Supported Visitation Program Service Description:

1 year contract: $9,000.00 

Anticipated effective dates will be from January 1st 2013 through December 31st 2013.

County: Presque Isle

Method of Payment: Unit Rate/Actual Cost

Note: Unit Rate would be for 1 hour of face-to-face supported visitation/ Actual Cost would be concerning transportation cost.

Geographic Area:

The contractor shall provide the contracted services in Presque Isle County.


The contractor shall assure that appropriately credentialed or trained staff shall perform functions under this agreement.

The Supportive Visitation  Worker shall possess a minimum of a high school diploma and two years of experience working with families around issues such as parenting, child care, household management, nutrition and budgeting.

Service #1 of 1: Supportive Visitation Program

1. Activities the Contractor shall perform:

The Contractor shall:

a. Discuss the referrals with the referring DHS worker within five (5) working days of the date of referral to confirm the referral, discuss case dynamics, identify family needs and develop visitation goals.

b. Review each intake on an individual basis after discussing with referring DHS worker. Each intake will require a separate and initial meeting with both the custodial parent/Guardian/Foster parent and the visiting party.

c. Arrange and schedule visits as consistent as possible in order to establish regularity for the children and all parties involved. Submit schedule to DHS worker for approval.

d. Provide supportive parenting instruction while parents are having visitation with their children, allowing the child to interact with their parents in a safe environment while promoting a healthy relationship.

e. Promote development of family relationships by allowing the family to take the lead and make choices and encourage a routine and structure that may be adapted to home life with the child/ren.

f. Encourage parenting skills that will continue to be used once the child/ren are home and assist the parents to understand how to provide a nurturing environment in the their children’s life.

g. Assist the entire family in breaking down barriers which hinder positive and nurturing relationships between parent and child.

h. Provide instruction to parents on how to develop a healthier relationship and better lines of communication with their children.

i. Provide instruction, information and helpful suggestions to the parents on parenting skills, limit setting ect. depending on their case dynamics, family needs an visitation goals.

j. Transport and transition children and/or parents to and from each visitation as requested by DHS worker. Transportation, if provided, can be used to prepare children/parents for visitation by talking about previous visit, encouraging communication and positive interactions.

k. Meet face-to face with each referred family (parents and children in attendance) weekly in the family home for (1) hour, unless specified by DHS worker. When visits in the family home are not possible, visitation shall occur in a family-friendly setting such as the foster home, DHS Office, the home of extended family members or community locations (such as a park, library or restaurant) that are mutually agreeable to the DHS referring worker and family.

l. Provide testimony in court at the request of DHS referring worker.

m. Provide a written monthly report by the tenth (10th) day of the following month to the DHS referring worker on each family and include the following information:

  • Dates, times and locations of visits
  • Family members in attendance
  • Observations of parent/child(ren) interaction
  • Activities the parent and child(ren) participated in during visitation
  • Observations of bonding/parenting skills which occurred during visit
  • Educations material or instruction provided to parents and/or child(ren)
  • Positive feedback given after the visitation
  • Information provided to parents after the visit
Volume of Service

a. No maximum number of units shall be established in this agreement except that total payments shall not exceed the contract amount.

b. Unit Definition: One unit equals one hour of face-to-face contact with the parent/family providing Supported Visitation.

c. Actual Cost: Maximum total for mileage cannot exceed 25% of total contracted amount

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