Parent Visitation Guidelines

In the BEST Interest of all Children

1. The following procedures must be followed:

  • Fees for services must be paid in full, in cash, prior to each visit.
  • The visiting and transporting parents MUST arrive promptly at the scheduled time.
  • If a parent is more than 5 minutes late, he/she will have to pay $1.00 for each additional minute. Past 15 minutes late, the visits is canceled and documented as a "no show towards that parent."


2. The following must be avoided:

  • Inappropriate touching of the child(ren)'s body.
  • Inappropriate demands for physical contact.
  • Use of foul language.
  • Shouting or yelling at ANYONE.
  • Threat of physical abuse or violence to ANYONE.
  • Attempts to move child(ren) away from the sight and/or hearing range of the monitor.


3. There will be no correspondence (e.g. regarding child support) or messages to the other parent by means of the child(ren) and monitor. It is prohibited to use the visitation for the service of court documents.


4. The visiting parent is responsible to meet the needs of child(ren) while they are in your individual care, e.g. diaper bag or baby food, change of clothes, provide meals etc.


5. Parents must not discuss future living arrangements, time sharing, or visitation modifications with child(ren).


6. Parents will not speak negatively about the child(ren)'s other parent and his/her family in the presence of the child(ren).


7. Parents WILL NOT question the child(ren) about the other parent's whereabout or activities.


8. Parents will not use alcohol or non-prescribed drugs 24 hours prior to or during their visit with the child (ren). Visits will be canceled if a parent is suspected of using the substances.


9. Parents must speak loud enough for monitor to hear to hear. No whispering.


10. Telepone use is NOT permitted.


11. Weapons or any articles that could be used as weapons are not permitted at the site of visitation.


12. Family members and friends authorized by the court to participate in the visitation that do not comply with the guidelines and rules will not be allowed at the visitation site.


13. Age appropriate unwrapped gifts are permitted.


14. If for any reason the either parent is unable to attend the scheduled visit, it is both parent's responsibility to notify the supervised monitor. Both parents must mutually agree upon concellations. If notice is less than 48 hours before the visit, a cancellation fee will be charged.


15. Failure of either parent to arrive within fifteen (15) minutes of the designated time of arrival without calling to let the supervised monitor know that you will be running late, will result in cancellation. The parent running late will be responsible for paying the appropriate fee and the child(ren) will be returned to the transporting party.


16. All phone calls regarding the inability to arrive on time, cancellations and other emergencies should be made to the supervised monitor within the stated times.


17. Audio or visual recording are not permitted for any easons. Photographs may be taken during supervised visits by use of a camera ONLY No cell phones may be used as cameras.


18. There are to be no changes in the supervised visitation schedule unless approved by the court. Once a day and time has been set, it will be followed unless either party request a change. Changes to the schedule need to be done within one week prior to notice.


19. The visitations sites are smoke free environments. No smoking is permitted at any time on permises during visits.


20. Non-compliance with any rule or challenging the authority of the supervised monitor will result in the terminiation of the visit and/or services.


When Co-Parents Don't or Won't Communicate

Here's a story about two people who want to be good parents but aren't good at communicating with each other. They do not follow either one of the best practices of co-parenting communication.

Mother and Father have one child, Maria, who just turned five. They have joint legal custody with a week-on/week-off parenting schedule. They do not practice good co-parenting communication. Maria will start kindergarten in August, and the school district requires her to be immunized before she starts school. During Fatherʼs assigned week in late July, he takes Maria to his selected pediatrician, Dr. Smith, for her immunizations. He does not tell Mother what he ʼs done. Then he sends the immunization record to Mariaʼs new school. During Motherʼs next assigned week, she takes Maria to her selected pediatrician, Dr. Jones, where Maria gets the same immunizations a second time. Mother does not inform Father and sends the immunization record to Mariaʼs school. When school starts, the school nurse sees both records and realizes that Maria received the immunizations twice.


What the Parents Wanted:

Neither parent intended to harm their child. They ach wanted to follow the school rules.


What the Parents Actually Did:

Getting their child immunized twice, specially so close together, was clearly not in their child's best interest.


Why This Happened:

Even though neither parent intended to harm Maria, they both put her health at risk by failing to inform each another about Maria's immunizations.


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