Maryland recently added a second facility for children in foster care to have visitation with their biological parents and siblings – under supervision of social workers.
The facility is actually a house, minus televisions, computers and similar modern distractions found in most homes.
Visitation in this home-like setting aids in the assessment and facilitation of interactions to support eventual reunification of foster children with their biological families. That typically takes about eighteen months.
This facility is different from most supervised visitation centers, which simply try to keep the peace and maintain safety.
Much of the work to renovate and adapt the house to its new purpose was done with donated labor and funds.