Supervised Visitation Program
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We offer 2 levels of parent monitoring in our Supervised Visitation Program
- Supervised Visitation
- Therapeutic Supervised Visitation
What is Supervised Visitation?
Supervised Visitations are typically, though not always, court-ordered. They allow non-custodial parents or guardians to meet with their child(ren) in a safe and controlled environment. Mental health providers facilitate this interaction through neutral guidance. This provider supervises the visitation and writes a brief report about what took place. Normally, the visitations occur weekly at our agency, for a predetermined amount of time. There are occasions when visitation may take place in the community as well. A judge, referring agency, or between attorneys, determine the frequency and duration of these visits generally decided by through an agreed order.
What is the goal of Supervised Visitation?
Supervised visitations are put in place with the goal of enabling an ongoing relationship between the non-custodial parent and child. By observing their contact, through a neutral lens, in a safe and structured environment we assist in maintaining appropriate child/parent interaction. Our documented outcomes of these visits allow the judge to make informed decisions.
An additional purpose of supervised visitations is to allow a safe, non-threatening, and educational learning experience for the non-custodial parent. If the parent makes a mistake, the case manager is able to intervene. They then model the correct behavior, therefore teaching the parent correct parenting skills.
What is Therapeutic Supervised Visitation?
Therapeutic Supervised Visitation provides teaching or a parent training component during the visit. During Therapeutic Supervised Visitation the strategies taught to the parent, things modeled or written information shared are documented.
Who Supervises the visits?
In Connecticut, programs differ, however here at Happy Family Clinical Services our monitors our minimum requirement is a bachelors degree in the mental health field. Further, they are trained to follow strict guidelines and are comfortable offering guidance to the court, based on their observations.
For Therapeutic Supervised Visitation, our monitors are Masters Level mental health professionals. By having mental health professionals supervise visitations, our staff is able to assist in identifying and attempting to correct any issues that may prevent the parent from having a healthy and productive relationship with their child.
Our agency places incredible importance on the safety of all parties involved in the visitations, which is another reason why we chose mental health professionals and bachelors level staff who follow strict guidelines to ensure that safety is maintained. Our mental health professionals we are able to recognize poor or dangerous behaviors or acts that may be harmful to the child, and immediately terminate visits if the need arises.