What is supervised Visitation?
Hope for the Future, provides a natural, safe, home-like setting where visits 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 to talk place under the supervision of trained staff and volunteers.
Visitation allows the child an opportunity to reconnect and reestablish the parent/child/family relationship in a natural, safe home environment. It is a time for parents to learn and practice new parenting techniques and to assess their own ability to parent through interaction with the child.
Supervised visitation allows the referring agency, in most cases the Department of Child Services or the Courts of Oklahoma County, or any other county within Oklahoma, to observe, assess and evaluate the relationship between the child and parent and to assist the parent in strengthening their parenting skills and develop new skills.
The role of the visitation provider is to protect the integrity of the visit and provide a positive atmosphere where parents and children may interact in a safe, structured environment. Supervised Visitation may be monitored by Child Welfare Specialist, CASA Volunteer, Therapist or any other parties approved by the courts, taking into consideration the child’s physical safety and emotional well-being.
Hope for the Future is interested in assuring that children can have a safe, conflict-free access to parents with whom they do not reside. HFTF provides children with opportunities for safe, conflict-free access to parents and siblings.
What are the Objectives of HFTF?
To provide a safe, neutral and child-focused setting for visits between a parent and child(ren), sibling-to-sibling, relatives, extended family, and significant others.
To provide an environment that stimulates family interaction and ensures the child's safety and the family's confidentiality.
To provide an environment for parents to plan, provide structure, and engage in age-appropriate activities with their child(ren); to strengthen the parent-child relationship and allow the parent an opportunity to learn about the child's development.
To ensure the safety of all participants, including staff.
To provide trained staff and volunteers who are sensitive to the needs of the child.
If approved by the courts, CWS can allow a parent, whose rights have been terminated, visit and have contact between an older child or teenager if appropriate.
To allow those in supervisory role to provide reports of factual observations about the participants’ use of the service.
When might Supervised Visits Occur?
Supervised visits may be appropriate in cases where there are concerns about the safety of the child and/or parent; the parent has a drug or alcohol problem or a mental health problem; there has been a lengthy separation between the parent and the child; or there is a risk of abduction.
How do I Apply for Supervised Services?
Referrals to the program are accepted from child welfare specialist, casa volunteers, mental health professionals and other agencies.
Child Welfare Specialist (CWS) must complete a visitation form and return by email/fax. Parents and CWS must read, agree and signed the Visitation Guideline and Contract form before utilizing our service. All services are pre-arranged.
The program reserves the right to determine provision of service. Dates and times of visits are determined by the availability of staff and the facility. All referrals are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Are there costs involved?
Currently, there is “no fee” to utilized HFTF.
How do Hope for the Future ensure the Safety of Families, Staff and Volunteers?
Safety measures include, but are not limited to the following:
If required, staggered visit for parents;
Client arrival and departure supervised by staff and/or volunteers;
CWS or other professionals in supervisory role monitor children/families always during visits;
There is always staff available during visitation;
Security checks of volunteers and staff are always conducted before employment or volunteering
Do Hope for the Future, supervise or make recommendations?
HFTF currently does not supervise any visits nor make recommendations.
Do HFTF provide Services other than Supervised Visits?
The staff and volunteers at HFTF do not provide services such as counselling, mediation, therapy, or parent education. Additional services include, but are not limited to the following:
Venue to celebrate special holidays and birthdays
Trust Base Relational Intervention (TBRI) training – Onsite TBRI Practitioner
Cultural Sensitivity Training - (how to care for African American children’s hair)
Free haircuts for male youth – once per month (by appointment only)
Is there a Limit on the Period of Time a Family can use HFTF?
There is no limit on the period that a family may use HFTF.
Is HFTF the only non-profit organization providing these services?
Yes, HFTF is the only non-profit visitation center in Oklahoma County. HFTF does not charge a fee for their services. There are limited supervised visiting agencies in Oklahoma. Other agencies charge a fee.
What do I do if I have a concern about HFTF Services?
If you have a concern about services HFTF provide, you should first call and schedule an appointment to speak with the executive director. HFTF has a complaints process that you may use to make your concerns known.
If you have questions about HFTF’s complaints processes, email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the office at (405) 535-2279 or (405) 979-0241.
How do I Contact HFTF?
By email: email@example.com
Office: (405) 535-2279
Cell: (405) 979-0241 (cell)
Fax: (405) 605-0591.