What is Supervised Visitation?
Supervised visitation refers to the contact between a non-custodial parent and one or more children in the presence of a neutral third person responsible for observing and seeking to ensure the safety of those involved. "Monitor visitation", "Supervised Child Access", and "Supervised Contact" are other terms with the same meaning.
What is Supervised Exchange?
Supervised exchanges sometimes referred to as “Monitor Exchanges" or “Supervised/Monitored Transfers", is limited to the exchange or transfer of the child from one parent to the other. Supervision is limited to the exchange or transfer only with the remainder of the parent/child contact remaining unsupervised. Most frequently, precautions are taken to assure that the two parents or individuals exchanging the child do not come into contact with each other.
What is the purpose?
Both Supervised Visits and Supervised Exchanges are designed to assure that a child can have a safe contact with an absent parent without having to be put in the middle of the parents' conflicts or other problems. It is the child's need that is paramount in making any decisions regarding the need for such supervision. However, there are also some significant benefits to the parents. It is our hope that no one will look upon supervised visitation or exchanges as a negative or stigmatized service. It is a tool that can help families as they go through difficult and/or transitional times. Some of the benefits for various family members are as follows.
For the children:
It allows the children to maintain a relationship with both of their parents, something that is generally found to be an important factor in the positive adjustment to family dissolution.
It allows them to anticipate the visits without stress of worrying about what is going to happen and to enjoy them in a safe, comfortable environment without having to be put in the middle of their parents' conflict and/or other problems.
For the Custodial Parent:
You do not have to communicate or have contact with the person with whom you are in conflict or by whom you might be frightened or intimidated. The arrangements can be made by a neutral party (the visit supervisor), and there does not have to be contact before, during, or after the visits.
You can relax and feel comfortable allowing your child to have contact with the other parent and can get some valuable time to yourself.
For the Non-Custodial Parent:
You can be sure that your contact with your children does not have to be interrupted regardless of any personal or interpersonal problems you may be having.
If allegations have been made against you, which are often the case when supervision is ordered, you can visit without fear of any new accusations because there is someone present who can verify what happened during your time together. When using professional services, you can also be assured that the supervisors are neutral and objective.
Here at Humboldt Supervised Visits we have an extensive knowledge of our local community. As a result, we can provide you with the broadest range of activities and locations to suit your supervised visitation needs.
We pride ourselves on being sensitive and accommodating to your cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
We have over 6 years of experience working with special needs children and adults. We have been trained in non-violent crisis prevention and intervention. Furthermore, we pride ourselves on being a “hands off" agency and never restrain or force the children we monitor to do anything that they are not comfortable with or stay in any environment that they do not feel safe occupying. We are Livescan background check approved and CPR/First aid certified.
We are also approved to conduct supervised visitation services by the Humboldt County Superior Court and comply with the California Rules of Court 5.20 and Family Code Section 3200.5.