Relationship-Based Visitation Program

Relationship-Based Visitation Program

The Relationship-Based Visitation Program is part of a five-year pilot project funded by the Department of Human Services (DHS).   RBV is a state-wide initiative that will provide a structured parenting education curriculum and one-on-one parent coaching in both home and community settings to families involved with the child welfare system.

The goal is to help parents strengthen their parenting skills and prepare them to reunite with their children. Volunteers of America Oregon will serve 31 families in Washington County and 10 families in Clackamas County during the first year of this program.


Who qualifies for the program:
Parents involved in the child welfare system

with children in foster care
on a reunification track
who are likely to benefit from a parent education and coaching

How the program works:

All meetings take place in community settings and the parents’ homes.
Parents attend a minimum of 16 weekly sessions, which include one hour of one-on-one coaching with a parenting specialist.  This is followed by up to 90 minutes of parent-child interaction time, and a debrief with the parenting specialist
Using the evidence-based curriculum Nurturing Parenting, parents develop skills for consistency and setting limits, as well as learning about age-appropriate expectations, while also working to strengthen the parent-child relationship.

The program is in its first year. Portland State University is conducting a five-year randomized study of this program, with the aim of determining the effectiveness of this approach.

Partnerships are a key way to support vulnerable people and connect them to community resources.  Volunteers of America Oregon is committed to building relationships to help those we serve to succeed.   The RBV program will partner with the following organizations:

First Baptist Church of Oregon City
Westside Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church

These congregations are generously providing community space for our program. We will continue to identify additional partners in communities where the families we serve are living.

Contact Information:
Rachael Poling, Program Manager