WHAT IS A SUPERVISED VISITATION MONITOR?
A trained, neutral third-person hired to supervise and monitor contact between a visiting parent and their child(ren). While monitoring, the individual is responsible to ensure the safety and security of the child-to-parent interactions while documenting what is seen and heard during the visit. 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. Sometimes, 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 visit. Visitation services may include but are not limited to; on-site visits, off-site visits, telephone monitoring, and safe exchanges.
DO YOU QUALIFY?
In order to become a Child Visitation Monitor the following criteria must be met:
If you meet the above criteria, then you are eligible to attend the offered training course and complete the following two steps:
The Child Visitation Monitor Training Course is a comprehensive training program designed to equip all future professional monitors with an understanding of the basic principles and practices of supervised visitations, including your defined and impartial role as a monitor. Our training also covers proper and effective parent intakes and preparation of the parent and child for the visit, while focusing on the child’s best interest and safety. You will also develop skills to analyze court documents, fill out required government forms, and learn the technique to writing flawless reports.
Child Visitation Monitors ensure the safety and well being of children during visits with noncustodial parents until the court process is complete or monitoring is ordered indefinitely by a judge. Independent monitors can earn $45 plus an hour, while serving a worthwhile purpose in our community. Monitors can also apply to work for a supervised visitation agency/facility.
This training is in compliance with the 2021 California Rules of Court Standard 5.20 for Professional Providers and meets State requirements. Currently under California Family Law, there is no renewal required of this training. Upon completion of the course, all attendees will receive a "certificate of completion."
As of 2021 California State Policy requires ALL monitors to be LIVESCAN/background check and be registered with TrustLine. In addition to the 24 hr. training course, professional monitors are required to complete a 4 hour online mandated reporter training course (free of charge) offered by the Department of Social Services.
*(Please note- Each county operates independently and monitors should contact their local county Superior Court directly for additional information and/or requirements.)
IMPORTANT: Mandatory Training Requirements for Supervised Visitation Providers. ALL Providers of Supervised Visitation Services MUST complete 24 hours of training including Family and Juvenile Law Basics to be in compliance with the Law.
HOW DO I RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION?
Certificate of Completion or Record of Attendance is given to each attendee eligible as follows:
All attendees must complete 24 hours of required modules set forth in the 2021 California Standards and Practices 5.20 and Family Code 3200.5 for Professional Supervised Visitation Providers in order to practice. NO EXCEPTIONS. ALL attendees receive certificates bearing total # of completed education hours.
*This is NOT a certification but rather a "certificate of completion" that verifies the attendee has satisfied the required 24 hours of training.