Family Visitor Program
The Family Visitor Program provides staff members to complete
in-home visits with families identified by Larimer County Department of Human
Services (LCDHS). Families are identified as a result of a report being made to
their agency by a concerned community member regarding their child. The visitor’s role is to discuss areas of
need for the family, briefly meet children included in reports to assure they
are safe, address reported concerns, and offer community resources. Family
Visitors are expected to be kind, non-judgmental, and helpful. The visitor then
submits a report of the visit to LCDHS.
Frequently asked questions:
does The Jacob Center Family Visitor Program receive family information?
How do you find out who made the report to DHS regarding a child?All reporting party information is kept confidential by LCDHS. The Jacob Center does not have access to reporting party identities.
How do you access reports completed by Family Visitors?The Jacob Center cannot provide copies of Family Visit reports, however a request can be made Larimer County Department of Human Services for a copy by contacting DHS records at 498-6564.
Am I obligated to meet with a Family Visitor?
Families are not legally required to speak with our agency,
however we hope families are willing to allow our visit so we can provide them
resource information in the community. Should a family choose not to meet with
our agency, we will submit a report as a no-contact. LCDHS reviews all
no-contact Family Visits and may choose send a county caseworker if a Family
Visitor is unable to make contact.
What are the benefits of meeting with a Family Visitor?
Family Visitors have a lot of knowledge about accessing and
navigating local resources including, but not limited to: Educational
Resources, Financial Aid Resources, Independent Living Programs, Grief and Loss
Resources, Nutritional/Food bank information, Domestic Violence information,
Medical/Health Care Needs, Parenting Resources, Mental Health Programming and
Resources, Substance Abuse Resources, and Recreational Resources.
Family Visitors work hard to provide a kind, non-judgmental approach to families and write an objective report that accurately captures how families are doing. This includes documentation about family strengths, current resources and supports as well as a family’s narrative about reported incidents.