Supervised Visitation

What are supervised visitations & exchanges?

Supervised Visitation refers to contact between a non-custodial parent and one or more children in the presence of a third person responsible for observing and seeking to ensure the safety of those involved. Supervised Exchanges are supervision of the transfer of the child from one parent to the other. Supervision is limited to the exchange or transfer only with the remainder of the parent/child contact remaining unsupervised.

Both Supervised Visits and Supervised Exchanges are designed to assure that a child can have safe contact with an absent parent without having to be put in the middle of the parents’ conflicts or other problems. It is the child’s need that is paramount in making any decisions regarding the need for such supervision. However, there are also some significant benefits to parents. It is our hope that no one will look upon supervised visitation or exchange as a negative or stigmatized service. It is a tool that can help families as they go through difficult and/or transitional times. Some of the benefits for the various family members are as follows:

For the children:

It allows the children to maintain a relationship with both of their parents, something that is generally found to be an important factor in the positive adjustment to family dissolution.
It allows them to anticipate the visits without stress of worrying about what is going to happen and to enjoy them in a safe, comfortable environment without having to be put in the middle of their parents’ conflict and/or other problems.

For the custodial parents:

You do not have to communicate or have contact with a person with whom you are in conflict or by whom you might be frightened or intimidated. The arrangements can be made by a neutral party (the visit supervisor) and there does not have to be contact before, during, or after the visits. You can relax and feel comfortable allowing your child to have contact with the other parent-and can get some valuable time to yourself.

For the non-custodial parents:

You can be sure that your contact with your children does not have to be interrupted regardless of any personal or interpersonal problems you may be having.
If allegations have been made against you, which is often the case when supervision is ordered, you can visit without fear of any new accusations because there is someone present who can verify what happened during your time together. When using a professional service, you can also be assured that the supervisors are neutral and objective.

How does it all work?

SAFFT will conduct an orientation with both the custodial and visiting parents to better understand the unique needs and circumstances of each family. Visitation will then be scheduled based on the availability of our staff and the family schedule. Visitations may last between 1 hour and 4 hours and occur anytime during our operating hours. Children are allowed to visit in a number of our visitation rooms which are designed to host enjoyable, comfortable, and safe visitations for all ages of children.

Is there a cost?

SAFFT offers many options for families that may or may not have a cost to the family. If you qualify for one of our special programs, there may be no cost to your family to utilize our services. These are typically related to domestic violence cases or involvement with the Juvenile Court. Please contact us for more information about our rates.

How to get started?

Complete Referral Form Online

Email us at visitation@safft.org

Call 770-886-9505 ext. 0