Canadian County Supervised Visitation Center strives to keep children safe and provide a neutral environment that promotes healthy, safe interactions between family members and prevent re-victimization. This center is child-focused and provides a safe and comfortable place for parents and their children to create, build, and/or maintain positive relationships. This is also a supervised Safe Exchange Center that strives to prevent verbal and physical confrontation from occurring between family members during the exchange of children for unsupervised visitation of with non-custodial parents.
Supervised Visitation is provided between parents, children, siblings, and/or others who have been separated due to allegations of abuse or neglect or are involved with juvenile court system. Supervised visitation allows the referring agency, in most cases the Department of Child Services or the Courts of Canadian County, to assess the relationship between the child and parent.
What are Supervised Visits?
“Supervised Visitation” is a service where a third party oversees and intervenes in parent/adult and child contact. The primary focus of supervised visitation is to protect children from potentially dangerous situations, to allow parents in high conflict or high risk situations access to their children in a safe environment. The role of the Supervised Visitation Monitor is to ensure the children and everyone involved in the visits are kept reasonably safe and protected. The Monitor will be present at all times during the visit and if necessary will intervene, interrupt or end a visit. Supervised visitation services are typically used when there have been allegations or proven issues of:
When a court order is issued for supervised visitation, the order must be provided to the Visitation Center before visits begin and specific procedures will be put in place to follow each requirement in the order. For all supervised visitation services, separate Intakes with each party must be conducted to ensure each party understands and agrees to the practices of the Supervised Visitation Program. Objective and descriptive notes are taken. Those notes are provided to and filed with the Courts each month.
SUPERVISED EXCHANGES – the supervision of the transfer of a child from the custodial to the noncustodial parent at the start of the parent/child contact and back to the custodial parent at the end of the contact. The supervision is limited to the exchanges, with the remainder of the noncustodial parent/child contact unsupervised. Objective and descriptive notes are taken.
The Canadian County Juvenile Detention Center is housed inside the Gary E. Miller […]