Supervised Visitation allows parents in high conflict or high-risk situations access to their children in a safe and supervised environment. This could also include individuals with deficient parenting skills or concerns regarding manipulation or inappropriate communication or behaviors occuring with their child. The noncustodial parent has access to the child only when supervised by another adult. The purpose of supervised visits is to provide a safe, neutral environment for the parent and child relationship to continue in a positive direction. In addition to parent-child relationships, visitation services have been found to be useful in providing safety to the elderly and other vulnerable individuals if issues regarding abuse or neglect have been raised.
Our office provides Community Supervision as opposed to being supervised in an agency setting. The benefits of community supervision are to offer a neutral, natural environment for you and your child to have a relationship. This could include, but are not limited to, visiting the park, community activites, an event, shopping or having a visit in the home. Visits can occur as long and as frequent as you are able to coordiate with your designated supervisor.
How Do I Get Started?
Contact Erin Trefz, the Visitation Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (605) 359-9760 to schedule an intake. The intake will take place with both parents separately and will involve receipt of information and discussion of rules, expectations, payment information and the family's particular needs. Following intake, Erin will designate a supervisor to your case and you will coordinate visits with that individual. Following the visit, the designated supervisor will provide a written summary to your attorney, social services officer or other specified professional.
For More Information on the Supervised Parenting Time Program, please complete the form below: