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How supervised visitation works

While obtaining my BA in Behavioral Sciences I always knew I wanted to work with children. I wanted to use my child advocacy knowledge in a setting where children had the right to be heard and protected without fear. Below is a brief introduction to what supervised visits are all about. 

A referral or a court order is not required to participate. The visit may take place at the parent’s home or out in the community. Sometimes visits may have to occur in a restricted visitation facility. Supervised visitation usually is set for a temporary length of time, and sometimes it can be ordered indefinitely. 

The judge may assign a social worker or a similar person to accompany the child to the noncustodial parent’s home (or other designated location). The designated monitor will stay with the child for the entire visit and return the child to the custodial parent.

Supervised parenting time allows children and parents to see one another in a structured and safe way while the neutral visitation provider is present to observe and make notes. 

Supervisors remain neutral, allow parental autonomy, and provide interventions when safety concerns arise. Being neutral does not mean supervisors disregard behaviors such as abuse or violence of any kind. During the visits, the supervisors remain with the family through their journey and must be able to observe and hear all conversations at all times. 

Often, supervised visitation is a temporary arrangement that can lead to unsupervised visitation if the noncustodial parent meets certain requirements. For example, the noncustodial parent may need to have six months of clean drug tests, seek counseling, or complete an anger management class in order to be awarded unsupervised visits.

Supervised visits are intended for what is in the best interest of the child. 

If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.

Marian Wright Edelman


Evolution of Parental Supervision

With the advent of an exciting time of systemic change, we are seeing various court-related agencies begin to rethink the services they offer to the populations they serve. Diversion programs are becoming mainstream throughout the justice systems as district and municipal courts are seeing the benefit of a softer manner of approaching solutions to crime rates. Family court systems are also beginning to change and offer a more family-centered approach to custody proceedings with the intention of allowing non-custodial parents the ability to have supervised parentings visitation as an approach to healing a split family dynamic by offering a therapeutic perspective to rekindling a child’s relationship with the non-custodial parent. 

Supervision Parenting has been at the forefront of this approach for a decade and a half. We have not only been supervising parental visitations but have applied a model that allows for the supervised visitations to take place in the family’s community and the non-custodial parent’s home as the family moves toward a healing centered perspective of custodial arrangements. This benefits not only the non-custodial parents but, ultimately, it is in the best interest of the child’s emotional welfare as the courts and Human Services agencies assess the healthiest path forward for the child and family. 

Overall, Supervision Parenting in Denver, Colorado, as well as all over the states, has evolved to better suit clients’ needs and provide as seamless and stress-free experience as possible for all parties involved.

As Parental Supervision service ourselves, we strive to keep up with innovation and make sure to deliver the best service to our clients.

If you need more information about Parental Supervision, please call us at 720-410-6764.