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  (ID: 2726)
Terri Braxton
Location: Ashburn, VA   (map)
Phone / FAX: 703-615-7523
Service Area: DC metro region (DC, Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford in VA; Counties of Prince Georges, Montgomery, Frederick and Baltimore in MD)
Standard Fee: Please call for rate information
Sliding Scale? Yes
Languages: English
Onsite/Offsite: Both Onsite and Offsite
Years Experience: 19
Holidays: Please call for holiday availability.
Intake Procedure: Please call for intake information.
Provider Notes: Terri Braxton, LCSW, is a seasoned clinical social worker licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has been certified as an expert witness in child welfare in the Fairfax County, Arlington County and City of Alexandria courts, as well as the District of Columbia and Prince Georges County, Maryland courts.

She brings a wealth of relationships and experience in the public, private, corporate, and philanthropic communities. Her professional background includes leading the therapeutic foster care programs in Arlington County; a Community Relations specialist for the Freddie Mac Foundation; Chief of Children and Family Programs for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; and Vice President of the Child Welfare League of America.

A native Washingtonian, Ms. Braxton received her Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University, her Masters degree in Social Work from Howard University, and is completing her doctorate degree at the Catholic University of Americas National School of Social Service.

Since 2000, Ms. Braxton has served on the Board of Directors Executive Committee for the DC Foster and Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center; and from 2004 to 2008 served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Parent Education and Advocacy Training Center.

She has been involved with local and national child serving organizations for over 25 years providing supervision, training and programs to vulnerable children and their families, as well as to the nonprofit organizations that serve them. As a supervised visitation provider, she brings her strong clinical skills and compassion and understanding for the difficult circumstances that have required her services.

All parties are treated with respect and dignity, and she provides parents and guardians with information and help in assuring that the child(ren) has safe, comfortable, and satisfying visits.

Ms. Braxton believes that children thrive best when they have the emotional support and ongoing involvement of both parents. Ongoing parental involvement fosters positive parent-child relationships and healthy emotional and social development. It is also beneficial to parents because it makes it more likely that the parents will have positive relationships with their children when the children become adults.

For parents who do not live together, it is important to cooperate with each other for the benefit of the children. Children adjust more easily to crisis and loss if their parents work together to develop healthy ways of communicating, resolving problems, and reducing conflict. It is important for parents to remember that formation of a positive parent-child relationship is a life-long process. The key to a successful parent-child relationship is the quality of time, rather than the quantity of time, spent together.

From $125 per hour for visits within the DC metro region (DC, Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford in VA; Counties of Prince Georges, Montgomery, Frederick and Baltimore in MD). If visitation must take place beyond these areas, mileage fees will apply. In addition, fees for severe substantiated physical abuse or domestic violence may be higher. All fees must be paid in advance of each visit.

The hourly fee includes one report (up to two pages) after every four visits. It will include a summary of activities during each visit, limited to facts, observations, and direct statements made by the parties, not personal conclusions, suggestions, or opinions of the provider.

All contacts by Ms. Braxton, in person, in writing, or by telephone with either party, the children, the court, attorneys, mental health professionals, and referring agencies will be documented in the report (dates, frequency and purpose only). Additional reporting and court testimony are available on an hourly fee bases.

Intake Process:
BOTH parents/guardians (visiting and custodial) must participate in phone or in-person intake interview; complete a visitation application; and sign a terms and conditions agreement.

Weekdays, evenings, weekends, and overnights (for special events and vacation trips) are available. If the visits include entrance fees, event fees, travel fees, gratuities, parking fees, etc., contracting parent will be responsible for such fees for the provider.

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