One of the key measures we monitor in the delivery of child welfare services is the frequency of our visits with children. These visits are where some of our most important work is done, and it is here that we develop and maintain rapport with the children in care, assess their safety and well-being, and engage them in planning for their future.
We strive to meet with each child at least once per month, but more frequently if needed. You can see from the chart below that we have been meeting this goal about 70 percent of the time over the past year and a half, so we still have work to do toward meeting the standard.
You can also see that after trailing the Alaska average in 2011, the Southcentral region increased its visitation rate from around 60 percent to 80 percent and maintained this level for most of 2012. Great job!