WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE
WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE
Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families by providing compassionate, professional, therapeutic and educational services.
We offer services in Kay, Payne, Tulsa, Osage, Noble, Cleveland and surrounding counties.
~ OVERVIEW OF OUR SERVICES ~
(See detailed descriptions of each service in the menu tabs above)
"Mediation" is a cooperative and confidential process where our certified mediator sits down with you and your co-parent and helps you resolve unresolved issues, including but not limited to establishing custody and visitation arrangements as well as making modifications to your current orders. Mediation keeps the power of decision-making in your hands. We offer Family/Divorce/Civil Mediation, including mediation services when a Protective Order is in place. If a protective order is in place, arrival and departure times will be staggered so that parties may avoid contact with one another. Mediation is typically scheduled in two hour increments. A Memorandum of Understanding will be prepared and distributed which will reflect the parties' agreements. Typical issues mediated include custody, visitation, modifications, parenting planning, extra-curricular activities, medical issues, divorce, paternity issues.
"Supervised Visitation" is a service where a third party oversees and intervenes in parent/adult and child contact. The primary focus of Supervised Visitation is to protect participants from potentially dangerous situations, to allow parents in high conflict or high risk situations access to their children in a safe environment, as well as to foster appropriate child/adult relationships. The supervisor will be present at all times during the visit and if necessary intervene, interrupt or end a visit. Parties will always meet separately for their first "Intake" appointment, which is usually an hour and a half in length. This appointment gives each party an opportunity to discuss why supervised visitation is in place. This session also allows Remedies to assess which clinical level of supervision is necessary and to explain how the process of Supervised Visitation works. Lastly, this appointment is for Remedies to review applicable paperwork with each party.
"Parenting Coordination" is a court-ordered process used to help high-conflict parties going through a Divorce or Paternity action learn co-parenting skills. Emphasis is place on setting up conflict resolution and communication strategies to help parties get along better for the sake of the children. Parties will always meet separately for their first appointment, which is two hours in length. This gives each party an opportunity to explain their side of the story. This also allows Remedies the opportunity to explain how the process of Parent Coordination works, including reviewing the rules and fees, and applicable paperwork. The next session is a jointly scheduled with both parties present. If a protective order is in place, times can be staggered and parties can be separated in separate rooms. Usually, parties meet regularly in the beginning, with sessions being scheduled according to the level of conflict, per Remedies' discretion. It is our intention that parties eventually meet on an "as-needed" basis.
When co-parents are having trouble agreeing to custody and visitation, a professionally trained custody evaluator may need to get involved. "Custody Evaluations" are very intensive and comprehensive assessments of family dynamics and parenting capacity. A custody evaluation includes multiple methods of data gathering including interviews with the parents, children, step-parents and/or significant others, observations of each child (both alone and interacting with each parent and other adults in their lives), home visits, histories of both the family and each individual, each parent's and child’s wishes about the parenting plan, psychological testing of each parent and adult, a review of all relevant documents, and information from collateral sources. Parties will meet separately for all sessions and a settlement conference with the attorneys is held at the end of the process. Remedies follows the American Psychological Association's standards for conducting custody evaluations.
"Reunification/Reconciliation Therapy" is used when there has been a break in contact, typically between a child and a family member. Remedies takes a systemic approach in working collaboratively with all family members and professionals involved. She will meet with each party and the child(ren) individually first, then begin the reconciliation sessions between the child(ren) and the reconciling parent when she deems all parties and the child(ren) are therapeutically ready. Ms. Trotter also prefers to alternate sessions with the guardians, possibly the child(ren) and the reconciling parent and child(ren) and requires appointments with the custodial parent or guardian in-between reconciliation sessions.
The process of counseling is completely confidential. If you are scheduling for a child, Ms. Trotter usually meets with parents first. If you are scheduling an appointment for yourself, please briefly explain what topics you would like to discuss. If you are scheduling for you and your partner or spouse, please let us know whether or not they can attend. At the first or second session, you and Remedies will set goals. Most often, at least in the beginning, you will meet with Remedies weekly and then begin setting appointments further out, and eventually you will meet only on an "as-needed" basis.
Adoption Home Studies:
Adoption Home Studies:
The "Adoption Home Study" is a detailed written report of your family. This can take anywhere from one to six months to finish because the process requires gathering and submitting a lot of documentation and completing fingerprint and background checks. In addition to the documentation, interviews will be conducted with everyone living in the home and reasons for adopting will be explored. Depending upon the type of adoption, there may be one or more home visits. Our office will send out an Intake Packet with instructions on documents to gather at the time the home study is scheduled. Ms. Trotter will visit the home at a time when all residents can be present. This appointment will last approximately 1.5 hours. Ms. Trotter will prepare a report at the conclusion of the home study and submit it to the attorney.
Mandatory Divorce Class:
Mandatory Divorce Class:
Divorce and separation can be very difficult on children and families. Oklahoma requires that any person going through a divorce or paternity action with minor children must attend a divorce class. The Co-Parenting Through Divorce Class can help. This class was formerly held by Kay County Smart Start at the Kay County Health Department and meets the Oklahoma statutory requirements for those going through divorce and separation with minor children.
Check our website frequently as we will be adding services soon. These services include but are not limited to:
- Continuing Education Classes
- Substance Abuse Services
- Anger Management Classes
- Parenting Classes