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WHAT ARE SUPERVISED VISITS?
"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 children 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 role of the Supervised Visitation Specialist is to ensure the children
and everyone involved in the visits are kept reasonably safe and protected. The provider will be present at all times during the visit and if necessary intervene, interrupt or end a visit. All our Supervised Visitation Specialists have been screened and certified through our office as having completed "27" hours of supervised visitation training. Supervised visitation services are typically used when there have been allegations or proven
- domestic violence
- child abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional
- history of substance and/or alcohol use
- flight risk or abduction concerns
- mood or personality issues
- parenting deficits
- estrangement between child and parent or other family members
- removal of the child from the home due to child abuse, neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse, etc.
If a court order is issued, the order must be provided to the office before visits begin and specific procedures
will be put in place to follow each requirement located in the order. In all supervised visitation services,
separate Intakes with each party must be conducted. Because Intake appointments are a required part of the process, the person responsible for paying the visit/exchange fees must also cover the cost of both Intake appointments. The Intake fees pay for your interviews, any telephone calls we may make on your behalf, scheduling your visits, and other case management needs. Intake fees are due at the time the intake occurs.
Court reports are available upon request at the expense of the requesting party, and supervisors' notes are not released. Visits may occur in the office or in the community, depending upon the needs of the case, safety assessments, the supervisor's discretion, as well as the level of supervision being performed.
In Basic Observational Supervision, a trained professional supervisor observes and supervises the visits to protect the health, safety and welfare of all the parties involved. The Supervised Visitation Specialist is responsible for overseeing the interaction between the child and the parent to ensure the child remains safe during the visit and is not subjected to any inappropriate activity or conversation during the visit. Supportive Supervision promotes change, coaches parents on parenting skills, and behaviors that facilitate positive attachment, separation and re-connection issues.
- Visits occur in the office
- Sometimes visits occur in the community
- Court order preferred
- Intake appointment with both parties required
A licensed Mental Health Professional will always conduct therapeutic visits. Therapeutic visits are appropriate when there has been a separation between a family member(s) and the child, or there have been issues of child abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, or removal and parenting issues. We conduct therapeutic visits occur in three phases: Assessment, Commitment and Planning, and Integration consistent with Kimberly Von Bahr, MSW, LICSWA- Family Reunification Therapist's Model of Treatment.
The Therapeutic Visit Supervisor will be actively involved in the visits, and will lead and direct parent/child contact. In cases of reunification or reconciliation, the therapist will lead the discussion regarding the issues which lead to the removal. An assessment phase will take place with individual appointments with the parties involved before the adult and child(ren) will be seen together. During this time, the therapist will identify the barriers to reunification/reconciliation, make referrals for additional services needed, and/or speak with the professionals involved. Additionally, the therapist will collect information regarding court orders or established treatment plans, and collect verification of completion of requirements.
A collaborative approach will be taken with all professionals and family members/guardians involved. The case will be staffed with children's therapists, as well as the parent(s) therapists. The therapeutic supervisor will serve as "triage" to collect information about the parent's progress who is on therapeutic visitation.
- A treatment plan will be established that coincides with any additional treatment plans that may exist
- Court order is preferred
- Copies of treatment plans, if any, must be provided
- Releases for other professionals must be signed
- Visits will occur in the office only while in therapeutic status
Monitored visits are where a professionally trained supervisor drops in on a non-supervised visit in progress for a period of time. The only part of the visit that is supervised is the time the supervisor is present. The supervisor will speak with the child separately from the visiting parent to see how the child is doing during the visit. May occur with or without supervised exchanges. Court order is preferred. A supervisor drops in on a non-supervised visit for a period of time. The only part of the visit that is supervised is the time the supervisor is present. Separate Intakes with each party must be conducted before monitoring begins. Typically one monitored visit occurs in a 24-hour period.
"Supervised Exchange" is the supervision of the transfer of a child from the custodial to the noncustodial parent at the start of the parent/child contact and back to the custodial parent at the end of the contact. The supervision is usually limited to the exchanges, with the remainder of the noncustodial parent/child contact unsupervised. Exchanges may be supervised on-or-off the site. Objective and descriptive notes are taken.