Supervised Parenting Time Basics
Supervised Parenting Time (SPT) also often referred to as Supervised Visitation is when a parent in a co-parenting relationship is only permitted to parenting time with their child(ren) under the supervision of another individual. Social workers, counselors, and family members are all examples of individuals who may act as the supervising party. A Supervisor is responsible for ensuring the safety of the child(ren) during the parenting time and have the right to interrupt or terminate parenting if the child(ren) involved become(s) distressed or there is a safety concern. SPT can take place at a supervised parenting time facility, a parent’s home, or other public setting. Group supervision, one-on-one supervision, supervised exchange, and therapeutic supervision are all variations of SPT. SPT provides a safe, neutral environment for children and parents to maintain contact and foster family connections in a healthy and safe way despite high conflict situations.
SPT is typically ordered by the court when there is a question regarding a parent’s ability to keep a child safe. Some examples of high-risk situations are cases where there are allegations of abuse, risk of abduction, prior or ongoing drug or alcohol abuse issues, an extended absence from a child’s life, or a parent does not have a safe living arrangement. Court orders for SPT vary greatly depending on the family’s specific circumstances and the Judge. SPT is generally a short-term option with a goal of normalizing parental contact as safety concerns dissipate.
In addition to SPT services The Layne Project Inc. (TLP) offers a variety of additional supervised services including supervised exchanges, monitored drop-ins and monitored phone/video contact. The Layne Project provides a structured environment where parents and children alike feel at home. All of our supervisors have at least a bachelor’s degree in social work or mental health. TLP strives to safeguard childhoods through fostering family connections and help families navigate through complicated, emotional times.
“I was court ordered to come into The Layne Project and didn’t want to come in at all, but I have had a revelation with supervised parenting time. Before coming in for supervised parenting time, I would get home from work and my children and I would not talk or interact before going to bed. Supervised parenting time has rekindled a fire with me and my son because we’re spending quality time together again. My son and I have a lot of fun during the visits and the time means a lot to me because I know my son is choosing to be there. My son can be a kid again.” – Steve K.