Supervised Visitation is a term that describes contact between a parent and a child overseen by a third party. It is also a term for contact between a noncustodial parent and a child in the presence of a third person. The supervised visitation monitor is there for the protection and safety of the child and adult participants. After safety, the well-being of the child is the most important consideration at all stages of the process. If supervised visitation is necessary, a Judge may order the visitation to be part of the parenting plan.
Ocean Vista Counseling and Kathleen Coughlin offer supervised visitation in Flagler and Volusia Counties. On a case by case basis our office may consider providing services in other counties. All supervised visits starts initially in the counseling office setting. Once the counselor feels it is clinically appropriate they may consider providing supervised visits in the community if ALL parties are in agreement.
When is Supervised Visitation necessary?
- If a parent has been absent from the child’s life and they wants to start a relationship with the child
- If there have been any potentially dangerous family situations
- If there has been physical, sexual, or emotional abuse of the child by a parent
- If there has been physical, sexual, or emotional abuse of one parent by the other parent
- If a parent has a substance abuse problem
- If a parent has an uncontrolled mental illness that poses harm to the child
- If there is risk of kidnapping or abduction by one of the parents
- If a parent has neglected the child
Ocean Vista Counseling – Services Available
Our group also provides Reunification Counseling, Co-Parent Counseling, Family Mediation, and Parenting Coordination. Kathleen Coughlin, LCSW has monitored supervised visits and facilitated coparenting sessions for many years in both Florida and Pennsylvania. Please feel free to contact the office directly with any questions 386-449-8600.