Supervised Parenting Time

Helping Children Transition as Their Family Dynamics Change

Supervised Parenting Time

Supervised Parenting Time refers to parenting time during which a third party is responsible for observing and ensuring the safety of the child(ren) is present. Supervised parenting time is often court ordered following serious allegations of abuse or neglect of one or more children by a parent of the child(ren). Supervised parenting time is an excellent tool that can help families transition through difficult times.

It is important that children are provided the opportunity to have a relationship with both of their parents. Supervised parenting time provides an opportunity for children and the visiting parent to continue their relationship when it might not otherwise be possible. The Layne Project’s supervised parenting time program allows for children to have safe contact with the visiting parent, without being put in the middle of parental conflict.

The Layne Project is a member of the Supervised Visitation Network (www.svnetwork.net ). All Layne Project supervisors have an undergraduate or graduate degree in social work or mental health, and are experienced and trained in child abuse and neglect cases. Supervised parenting time is available on- and off-site to help provide maximum comfort for the child(ren), and is offered in blocks of one to six hours on evenings and weekends. The Layne Projects offers a sliding fee scale.  An initial intake appointment is required prior to arranging the first supervised parenting time.

 

Benefits of Supervised Parenting Time

  1. Eliminates the need for parents to communicate with, or have contact with, their co-parent regarding parenting time.
  2. Helps the non-visiting parent to feel comfortable allowing contact between the child(ren) and the visiting parent, while ensuring the safety of the child(ren).
  3. Assures consistent and regular parenting time with the visiting parent.
  4. Allows the opportunity for the visiting parent to continue his/her relationship with the child(ren).
  5. Assures that the third-party observer is a neutral, objective and trained professional.
  6. Provides the visiting parent an opportunity to spend time with the child(ren) without fear of new allegations against him/her.
  7. Upon request of either parent or the court, The Layne Project can provide a report of observations made during supervised parenting time sessions.

 

Limitations of Supervised Parenting Time

  1. The Layne Project will not determine when a family should transition beyond the need for supervised parenting time.Rationale: In the event of a court order for supervised parenting time, the determination to modify that order must be made by the court. If the decision that supervised parenting time is necessary was made at the direction of another party, or at the agreement of the parties involved, this determination must be made by the directing party or the mutual agreement of the parties themselves.
  2. The Layne Project will not make recommendations to the court.Rationale: The Layne Project does not act as a case manager, custody evaluator or guardian ad litem when utilized for supervised parenting time. The Layne Project, through the supervised parenting time program, only obtains information gained during the initial intake process and subsequent supervised parenting times. Layne Project personnel do not conduct an independent investigation; therefore, The Layne Project does not have enough information to make a recommendation to the court as to whether or not supervised parenting time continues to be necessary. The Layne Project will submit reports to the court or the participating parties upon request. These reports document the observations made by the supervisor during supervised parenting time, and the court can utilize this report to help determine whether or not it is appropriate to transition past supervised parenting time.

 

Intake Procedure
In most instances, it is the court that will order supervised parenting time. However, The Layne Project does not require a court order for parents to utilize our supervised parenting time program. Following initial contact with The Layne Project, each parent will receive an intake questionnaire. Interviews will then be scheduled for each parent to individually meet with The Layne Project program coordinator. Prior to scheduling the initial supervised parenting time, the program coordinator will also meet with the participating child(ren).

Upon completion of the intake questionnaire, the initial intake interviews, and review of any pertinent court orders, regular supervised parenting time will be scheduled pursuant to the court order. If the court does not dictate a specific parenting time schedule, The Layne Project program coordinator will work with all parties involved to create a schedule which accommodates each family’s specific situation.

The program coordinator will complete a minimum of one on site supervised parenting time with the family prior to assigning the case to one of The Layne Project’s highly qualified supervisors. After a case is assigned to a supervisor, the program coordinator will intermittently fill in for the supervisor throughout the duration of the program in order to ensure objective and fair reporting. Scheduling, requests for modifications to the schedule, or any request for off-site parenting time must be approved by the program coordinator, not the individual supervisor. The Layne Project only submits reports at the request of the court or the individual parties.

The duration of required supervised parenting time is determined by the court. As long as the family is compliant with the rules and procedures of The Layne Project, we will provide supervised parenting time for families as long as necessary.