Assuring the safety of children through supervised interaction
Supervised Parenting Time services are available to assist parents and the court in assuring the safety of children through supervised interaction between the children and adults.
There are many situations in family law cases or other cases affecting the parent-child relationship when the need arises for a professional to supervise contact between parents (or others) and their children. This service provides court-ordered, supervised parent-child visitation, and/or assists in the reintroduction of a parent into a child’s life. Parents are provided with regular and constructive feedback about their interactions during supervised visits to assist them in better meeting the needs of their children.
Southwest Human Development’s Family Nurturing Center is a family and child-focused environment that allows families to experience their supervised interactions in a neutral and comfortable setting. The center features several visiting areas that resemble a home environment, including family rooms and a kitchenette/dining room – each provides a private and positive experience. Toys, games and other activities are available for children of all ages.
Southwest Human Development offers three levels of Supervised Parenting Time provided by professionally-trained staff:
Level 1, Observational Supervision: On-site visitation in Southwest Human Development’s Family Nurturing Center. This is the most common and affordable means of having supervised parenting time.
Level 2, Interactive Supervision: Visits in the community, often at a parent’s home or other child-friendly location, supervised by professionals. This type of visitation must be approved by the courts or arranged by private agreement.
Level 3, Therapeutic Supervision: On-site visitation in Southwest Human Development’s Family Nurturing Center that offers a higher level of supervision provided by a mental health professional. Level 3 supervision is not therapy, but uses many of the same techniques to help improve parent-child interactions.
Transportation for the children to and from supervised visitation at Southwest Human Development’s Family Nurturing Center may be available depending on scheduling. There is an additional fee for this service.
For questions or to receive more information about Supervised Parenting Time, please contact us at (602) 633-8449 or info-SPT@swhd.org.