When domestic violence, stalking, or risks of abduction are factors in a parenting case, the court will often determine that supervised visitation is appropriate. This means that interaction between a child and their parent requires the presence of a third person to help keep both the child and the adult victim safe. Most often, the court determines that a neutral party or a Supervised Visitation Center shall supervise the visits so that personal feelings towards the parent do not interfere with the ability to provide a safe and positive setting for the child.
Fully supervised visits are held at the Center and are constantly monitored by a Visitation Supervisor who watches and listens during the entire visit. Visiting parents and children may not leave the Center during their visit. The Visitation Supervisor will document objective observations and offer assistance as needed to assure appropriate parent-child interactions.
Semi-supervised visits are similar to fully supervised visits and are also held at the Center. However, rather than remaining in the room for the entire visit, the Visitation Supervisor will periodically monitor the visit, document objective observations, and offer assistance as needed to assure appropriate parent-child interactions.
Monitored exchanges are the custody exchanges of a child between parents that is facilitated by a Visitation Supervisor to assure no contact between parents. However, the remainder of the parenting time occurs off-site and is not supervised by the Center staff.