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The mission of Joining Hands Visitation (JHV) is to reunite children that are placed in the foster care system of Washington state with their non-custodial parents, and to provide support for their independence, building stronger family ties and better futures – one child at a time. We focus on building a strong support network with community organizations and social welfare agencies that empower children in the foster care system and their families in becoming independent and self-sufficient.
JHV is committed to providing culturally appropriate support for children and families of diverse backgrounds
and nationalities. This focus is especially important given the over-representation of children of color in
the child welfare system. The Children’s Administration of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, & Families (DCYF/CA) acknowledges that children of color and their families who become involved with child welfare systems often experience disparate treatment and may have fewer service opportunities than their white peers.
To ensure that a high standard of customer service is experienced by all JHV clients, we are requiring that all employees attend the Caregiver Core Training sponsored by the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence. It is our belief that a deep understanding of the issues that children in the foster care system confront in their daily lives will enable our employees to deliver a more compassionate, more relevant, and reliable service to the children and families that we serve.
With our commitment to exemplary customer service, our services are prioritized around the needs of the child or adolescent in foster care. It is our goal to maintain a standard of excellence within every interaction and activity of the agency.