What is Supervised Visitation?
Supervised Visitation is designed to ensure a child has a safe environment to have contact with an absent parent without having to be put in the middle of conflicts or other problems. It is the child’s need that is paramount in making any decisions regarding supervision of the visit.
Children generally fare best when they have the emotional support and ongoing involvement of both parents. Not only does ongoing parental involvement foster a positive parent-child relationship but it also fosters healthy emotional and social development. We need to raise awareness in all communities that children and families in these high-stress and tense situations need well-trained and supported professional supervised visitation services.
There are also benefits to parents. The custodial parent can anticipate visits without stress or worry about what will happen and can feel confident about the child’s safety. The non-custodial parent can be assured their contact will not be interrupted regardless of any personal or interpersonal problems they may have or conflicts with the child’s caretakers, if allegations have been made against them, they can visit without fear of new allegations brought against them.
Supervised Visitation should not be stigmatized as negative. It is a tool to help families as they go through a difficult/transitional time. They allow children to maintain a relationship with both parents without being put in the middle of adult problems or conflicts.
Children are found to adjust more easily to crisis and loss if their parents work together to develop healthy ways of communicating, resolving problems, and reducing conflict. It is important for parents to remember that formation of a positive parent-child relationship is a life-long process. The key to successful parent-child relationship is the quality of time, rather the quantity of time, spent together.
Bridget Tipton is the Supervised Visitation Coordinator at Safenet Services. For more information Supervised Visitations provided by Safenet, please visit SafenetServices.org or call 918-341-1424.