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Access and Visitation

Access and visitation services are typically ordered by the Court.  Referrals are typically made by Children and Youth Services to ensure children's safety.  It is based on two premises.

  • Children do best when they have reliable, ongoing relationships with parents.  

  • Children's emotional and physical safety must always be guaranteed.

Supervised visitation may be useful in situations where the visiting parent:

  • is working on improving his/her parenting skills

  • may have a drug or alcohol abuse problem

  • has been abusive or has had trouble controlling anger

  • may have been away from the child for a long period of time

  • may never spent time with the child

  • may have been involved in inappropriate behavior with the child

Reasons to Supervise Visits:

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  • Supervised Visitation - Occur within the facilities visitation suites or
    designated community sites. Visits are supervised by a trained Visit Supervisor.

  • Therapeutic Supervised Visits - Occur with a therapist present in the visit
    room who provides supervision and addresses therapy goals designed to
    enhance the parent-child relationship. The therapists are trained on issues
    related to trauma, abuse, attachment and separation.

  • Off Site Supervised Visitation - Occurs at a location that is age and visit
    appropriate. The visit is monitored by staff trained in supervised visitation
    protocols. Offsite visitation typically occurs when visits have been well established and the visitation process is going well with all parties cooperating. The location must be preapproved with no safety risks and in close proximity (5 miles or less) to Family Pathways.

  • Monitored Visits - The visit is intermittently monitored by a professional when supervised visits have gone well, safety is not an issue and there is no need for continual supervision. Also available when a parent has no other locations as options for contact with their child due to the distance traveled or lack of housing.

  • Monitored Exchanges - Professionals assist with the exchange of children from one parent to the other parent when direct contact between parents is an issue.

  • Conflict Resolution - Parents and/or Guardians meet with a therapist to explore the destructive nature of conflict and resolve current issues.

  • Co Parenting and Co Parenting Agreements - Parents and/or Guardians meet with a therapist to discuss the principles of cooperative parenting and develop cooperative agreements between parties that promote sharing and the well-being of the child(ren).

  • Pro Social Behavior/Anger Management - A Parent or Guardian meets with a therapist to resolve anger issues related to the divorce/separation experience and promote a more nurturing response to the situation.

  • Parenting -  A Parent or Guardian meets with a professional to learn and practice positive parenting strategies.

Access and Visitation at Family Pathways can take many forms:
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