Visiting Your Child
Green Chimneys provides many opportunities for parents and guardians to visit with their child in the therapeutic residential program through individual arranged visits, special school occasions, and public events held for the surrounding community.
Family Time is a Key Part of Our Therapeutic Program
Youth and family contact means opportunity for improving family interactions and relationships, which are strong predictors of positive outcomes for youth in residential care so individual day and home visits are strongly encouraged.
Families with a child in the residential program can take advantage of a regular on-campus and home visit schedule coordinated with the child’s treatment team. In order to accommodate families with varying schedules, Green Chimneys does not have set visiting hours. We do encourage visits to occur outside of school and clinical group hours, and prior to the start of night-time routines. These times can vary from dorm to dorm.
Campus visits during after school hours or on weekends are permitted with 48 hours advance notice. After a child’s initial acclimation, a parent or guardian may also schedule visits off grounds by making an appointment at least 48 hours in advance. The treatment team also helps develop a weekend home visit schedule that is specific to the child’s needs. Over the course of the year, six week-long recesses offer home visits for longer periods of time.
To reduce the burden on families who live further away, we offer transportation to and from campus via four pick-up/drop-off locations, including Suffolk County, Manhattan, Middletown, and New Paltz. Procedure details and contact information are reviewed and shared regularly.
For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact your child’s social worker.