WHAT IS SUPERVISED VISITATION?
The public policy of the state of California is to protect the best interest of children whose parents have a custody or visitation matter in family court. Often times, based on issues of protection and safety, a judge will order that a child only have contact with a parent when a neutral third person is present during the visitation.
WHAT DOES A SUPERVISED VISITATION MONITOR DO?
The supervised visitation provider is there to make every effort to keep children safe. The provider may be a family member, a friend, or a paid professional. The provider’s job is to make sure that the children and everyone involved in the visits are kept reasonably safe and protected. The provider must be present at all times during the visit, listen to what is being said, and document the interaction between the parent and child. If necessary, the provider may interrupt or end a visit. All providers are required to report suspected child abuse. The monitor also makes sure that the guidelines set by the court and parents are followed.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU COMPLETE THE TRAINING COURSE AND HOW DO YOU FIND CLIENTS?
Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion. You then have the option to register with family court (free of charge). Your name will be placed on the court directory resource list and will be provided directly to the parents that need monitoring services. You will be working independently, which gives you the flexibility to set your own hours and schedule. It is the parents responsibility to find their own visitation monitors. You will be paid directly by the client/parent for your services. Also, you may leave information at domestic violence centers, drug treatment programs, counseling centers, court house, attorney offices, child welfare office, Facebook, Linkedin, etc. In addition, we will provide you all the information on how to gain more clients and you will be given all necessary forms in our training class.
WHO PAYS FOR THE VISITATION?
The judge makes that decision based on the financial status of the parents and information given to them by the attorneys. In most cases the parent being supervised pays the monitoring fee. Sometimes the parents split the cost of the fee or even friends or family members pay the fee so the visiting parent can see their child.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SUPERVISED VISITATION?
Supervised visitation provides a safe setting that allows children to develop or re-establish a healthy relationship with the visiting parent. It gives the visiting parent an opportunity to use their parenting skills and allows for continued contact between parents and children during long court processes.
HOW LONG DOES A COURT-ORDERED VISITATION LAST?
There are no set guidelines for how long supervision should continue. It should last until a healthy and safe child-parent bond is formed and/or when the Court ends supervision. It is important for children to have contact with both parents when possible.
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* Riverside County Superior Court requires the all monitors get fingerprinted/Livescan in order to be placed on their resource list. For more information, please contact the court directly.