EPACT's focus is to ensure a safe, non-threatening setting for children to have visits and/or exchanges with their parents, siblings and other family members.
When visitations between parents and children consistently take place, the effects of trauma are mitigated, and the family unit is strengthened.
Continual contact between children and their biological family has been found to be the most significant factor in expediting family reunification. In addition, children who frequently visit with their parents have lower levels of depression and "acting out" behaviors.
EPACT facilitates quality "family-time" in-home and community-based visitations that help families maintain their bond while working towards reunification.
While children are in out-of-home care placements, it is important to maintain connections with their birth families.
Parent-child visits are a key strategy to accomplish this and work toward permanent reunification of the family.”
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services