Supervised Visitation Services and Monitored Exchanges

What are Supervised Visitation and Exchanges?

fathersonSupervised visitation is the contact between a non-custodial parent/guardian and one or more children in the presence of a trained professional monitor (non-therapeutic or therapeutic). The role of the professional monitor is to record the events of the visit and to ensure the safety of all parties. Supervised Visitation may be required by the court for many reasons; including problems with divorce, domestic violence, abuse or neglect or simply an unusually period of time in which the child has not seen the parent and needs to become reacquainted.

The Behavioral Awareness Center of San Bernardino County provides a safe and positive way for children to visit with their parents as their families go through a difficult and transitional time. The children and visiting parent(s) are given a private, child-friendly room in the center, or the visit can take place at a family friendly locations mutually agreed upon by all parties involved. The child and parent are monitored by a trained supervisor who is neutral to the family situation and will document all interaction and activities.image3Both custodial and non-custodial parents are required to complete an intake interview with the Supervised Visitation Staff prior to any visits. The intake process includes policies and procedures that will ensure a safe visit for the children and parents.

The various types of Supervised Visitation services include one-on-one supervision, group supervision, neutral or monitored exchange, telephone or video monitoring, therapeutic supervision, and observational.
• One-on-one supervision is when a one parent and that parent's children are supervised alone.
• Group supervision may include several parent-child groups in a larger areas, supervised by two or more monitors.
• Neutral or monitored exchange allows parents to pick up and drop off, or exchange the child for changes of possession, without direct contact with each other, minimizing conflict.
• Telephone or video monitoring allows for monitoring of telephone, videoconferencing, and other virtual visitation with a supervised monitor present.
• Therapeutic Supervised Visitation involves visitation being monitored or assisted by a trained mental health practitioner experienced in working with children who may be emotionally unable to visit the non-custodial parent without a strong emotional reaction.
• Observational visits are facilitated to observe and document all interactions that occur within eye shot and ear shot of the monitor. The monitor is not to intervene unless the non-custodial party violates law, policies, or procedures, including threats to the child's emotional or physical safety.