What is Supervised Visitation
Updated: Jul 8, 2020
Supervised visitation, sometimes referred to as Monitored Visitation, Supervised Child Access, or Supervised Child Contact, refers to contact between a non-custodial parent and one or more children in the presence of a third person responsible for observing and seeking to ensure the safety of those involved. Supervised visit services are for families with children who are involved in high-risk emotional or physical situations. The supervised visitation Provider offers a safe and protected environment to control external influences of stress on the child.
Professional Supervisors are ordered by the family and juvenile dependency courts.A "professional provider" is any person paid for providing supervised visitation services, or an independent contractor, employee, intern, or volunteer operating independently or through a supervised visitation center or agency. The professional provider in California must:
(1) Be 21 years of age or older;
(2) Have no record of conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) within the last 5 years;
(3) Not have been on probation or parole for the last 10 years;
(4) Have no record of a conviction for child molestation, child abuse, or other crimes against a person;
(5) Have proof of automobile insurance if transporting the child;
(6) Have no civil, criminal, or juvenile restraining orders within the last 10 years;
(7) Have no current or past court order in which the provider is the person being supervised;
(8) Be able to speak the language of the party being supervised and of the child, or the provider must provide a neutral interpreter over the age of 18 who is able to do so;
(9) Agree to adhere to and enforce the court order regarding supervised visitation;
(10) Meet the training requirements stated in (f); and
(11) Sign a declaration or Declaration of Supervised Visitation Provider (form FL-324) stating that all requirements to be a professional provider have been met.
Each state has requirements that are similar.
You know that saying, it takes a village to raise a child. Well it does and sometimes we as Legal Angels, A professional visitation monitor agency, are just part of that village. When families split up and they are involved in a custody battle it can get contentious. The children get caught in the middle. Life is not always simple, the courts or DCFS get involved and everything is done to prevent violence, alienation and drug addiction situations in front of the children. Supervised visitation monitors are there to facilitate family visits. We are the neutral third party. There to just make a safe and happy visit happen. We are not there for anything else. Sometimes clients confuse us with judges, attorneys, social workers or a therapist. We have no say, and can’t even recommend. We write a report about each party’s behavior. The key here is each party's behavior, even if it’s the custodial party doing something unreasonable.
I’ve had some kids look at me and say- “your have a weird job”! I say, yes, I do and we find a way to laugh about it. They know what’s going on, it is awkward for a little while, but they get used to it. No 2 cases have been the same. So, we follow the lead of how comfortable the child is. It is what it is, and we have to make the best of it.