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Parent Aide
Supportive Visitation

Supporting Parents, Building Stronger Families

A program serving Calhoun County families providing increased support to prevent the removal of their children from the home or assist in the achievement of reunification of children with their families in a timely manner by providing modeling and education.

Mom and foster daughter outside in a park

Working to Prevent Removals


Family & Children Services works with the Parent Aide Supportive Visitation program, which is designed to support parent(s) in practicing new, healthier thought/behavior patterns, replacing what has not been successful.

Program Overview

Families are paired with a Parent Aide/Visitation Coach, who provides specific parenting education and skills development.

  • Services for up to 6 months.
  • A minimum of 1 hour of Aide services per week.
  • Evening and weekend visits when needed.
  • Monthly summary of services provided to Calhoun Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) case worker.
  • Joint development of visit plan and goal development.

Using a strength-based approach, the Parent Aide will build upon what is working within the family to assist them in solving the challenges they are facing. This program is available to serve families with open Children’s Protective Services or foster care cases.


Aide support includes:

  • Parenting skills education.
  • Life/home management skills.
  • Connection with community resources.
  • Assessment of needs and risks.
  • Family/marital support.
  • Communication and conflict resolution.
  • Addressing transportation needs.
  • Flexible scheduling.
  • A minimum of 1-2 hours per week with family.

Eligibility and Referrals


Parents and primary caregivers eligible for the Parent Aide Supportive Visitation Program include those who:

  • Youth and families who are within or likely to come within, the jurisdiction of the family court, and where these services may prevent removal from the home or accelerate the return of youth from out-of-home care.
  • Have been identified by the MDHHS Children’s Protective Services as needing support.

Families with open Children’s Protective Services or foster care cases may also qualify.

Referrals can be made by:



The program is funded by Calhoun County DHHS.