Supervised Visitation

Supervised Visitation

Family Trauma Treatment Center offers regular and therapeutic supervised visitation. We offer safe environments where a parent can be with their child without any risk to the child’s safety or well-being.

What Is Supervised Visitation

Supervised visitation is when a parent is only allowed to visit with their child under the supervision of another individual, such as a family member or a social worker. The visit may take place at the parent’s home, in the community, or in our designated visitation facility.

Judges typically order supervised visitation when the visiting parent’s fitness is in question, such as in the event of prior alcohol or substance misuse, or if there have been allegations of abuse or domestic violence.

The purpose of supervised visitation is to ensure that parents have an opportunity to maintain contact with their children in a structured environment that is both safe and comfortable for the child.

What is Therapeutic Supervised Visitation

Family Trauma Treatment Center offers supervised visits with the observation from a trained professional who is able to provide feedback and interventions to enhance the interaction, bonding, and skills development. This is done in the ways mentioned about adding a post session to the experience where the parent and the professional can sit and process the visit and offer techniques that may be used during the next visit to add value. These interventions may include but are not limited to the use of  developing parenting skills in the areas of setting or maintaining boundaries, discipline, activity transitions and other identified areas of need.

How Supervised Visits Work

Typically, the visiting parent will need to report to the designated visitation center to visit with the child. In any case, the judge will specify who is to supervise the sessions.

There are times where parents may just feel comfortable having visitation supervised and may request a self- pay session. Even then this is usually facilitated by a judge but paid for by the parent. Many times, a counselor or social worker supervises contact and ensures that the parent visits with the child in a controlled setting.

Duration of Supervised Visit Orders

A judge may order supervised visitation temporarily or indefinitely. If there are allegations of abuse or domestic violence, a judge may order that visitation with the accused parent be supervised until the allegations are fully investigated.

If a judge has already determined that a parent is not fit for custody, the judge can still allow visitation on an ongoing basis, but require that the visitation is supervised in a controlled setting. In these cases, visitation will remain supervised until the parent can demonstrate that there has been a change in circumstances, such as attendance in a drug rehabilitation program, which impacts the parent’s fitness.