Questions Parents Ask
When a child comes under the jurisdiction of child protective services and is removed from the home because of a risk of child abuse or neglect, it is usually important that the parent/child relationship continue. Child Protective Services generally provide these services. However, they may have limited resources that restrict the frequency, duration, and nature of the contact. In some areas, they have found it useful to contract with outside supervised visitation programs to provide services. HFTF can provide those services.
What is Supervised Visitation?
Supervised Visitation refers to contact with 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. "Monitored Visitation” is other term with the same meaning.
What is the purpose?
Supervised Visits 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 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 child(ren) to maintain a relationship with their parents, something that is generally found to be an important factor in the positive adjustment to family separation.
It allows the children to maintain a relationship with their siblings.
It allows the child(ren) to anticipate the visits without stress of worrying about what is going to happen and to enjoy their families in a natural, safe, comfortable environment without having to wonder where visitation will take place.
Children that stay connected to their siblings are more resilient and do better dealing with the loss of parents.
Sibling relationships carry over into adulthood and create better outcomes for these children later in life.
For the foster parents:
Foster parent(s) can relax and feel comfortable allowing the child-in-there-care to have contact with the parent and/or parents. This allow foster parent(s) to have a little respite time for them self.
Can be sure that your contact with your child(ren) 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.