The federal Access and Visitation (AV) Program was established in 1996 as part of the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act" (PRWORA). The goal of the program is to support and facilitate noncustodial parent's access to, and visitation of their children. For an overview of the Federal Access and Visitation Program, visit: OCSE Access and Visitation Grants Information
The Department of Economic Security's Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) has oversight responsibility for the program in Arizona. DCSS monitors all programs funded under the federal AV Program to ensure that the programs are providing the authorized services in compliance with the federal requirements.
Counties within Arizona, who enter into contractual agreements with DCSS, are responsible for providing the stipulated AV services within their county. This is a Listing of the participating Arizona Counties.
All Access and Visitation services are intended to help noncustodial parents improve access and visitation time with their children. A county may choose to provide any of the services listed below.
- Mediation (voluntary and mandatory)
- Developing parent plans
- Parent education
- Visitation enforcement (including monitoring, supervision and neutral drop-off and pickup)
- Development of guidelines for visitation and alternative custody arrangements
A county is not required to provide all of the services. This is a listing of the services provided by the participation Arizona counties.
Parenting Time and Legal Decision Making Rights
DCSS represents neither party in establishing and/or modifying Parenting Time (visitation) or Legal Decision Making (custody) rights. If either parent wishes to modify or enforce Parenting Time and/or Legal Decision Making, they must seek their own legal counsel. Terminology defined.
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