Supporting Families by Putting Children First

Supervised visitation bridges the gap between keeping the child safe and supporting the family relationship and parental rights.

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The purpose of supervised visitation is to provide a safe and neutral environment for children to have a relationship with parents, and is often used in high conflict situations. Many courts take the position that it is better to make an error that protects the child as opposed to leaving a child at risk. There are many reasons supervised visitation may be needed:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Drug Abuse
  • Mental Illness
  • Risk Of International Abduction
  • General Risk Of Child Abduction
  • Neglect
  • Adoption

Any other potentially dangerous family situations.This is true worldwide, for example, Child contact centre in England and Angel House in Texas have a similar purpose. While many countries have signed the Hague Convention which requires the return of victims of international abduction, the best measure is prevention.

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Supervised visitation has many forms, including one-on-one supervision, group supervision, neutral or monitored exchange, telephone or video monitoring, and therapeutic supervision.

  • One-on-one supervision is when a one parent and that parent’s children are supervised alone, but some providers allow guest to also attend.
  • Group supervision may include several parent-child groups in a larger areas, supervised by one or more monitors.
  • Neutral or monitored exchange allows parents to pick up and drop off, or exchange the child for changes of possession, without direct contact with each other, minimizing conflict.
  • Telephone or video monitoring has become more popular as people move around the world more, allowing for monitoring of telephone, videoconferencing, and other virtual visitation.
  • Therapeutic supervision is conjoint parent-child therapy conducted by a licensed or certified mental health professional also trained to provide supervised visitation. This includes a student or intern in training for a post-graduate degree under the direct supervision of a licensed or certified mental health professional.