What services do you provide?
- Safe exchange of child(ren) between custodial and noncustodial parents
- Supervised visitation
- Pre- or post-adoptive visits with either matched adoptive family or biological family
- Parenting classes
What is supervised visitation?
- The Supervised Visitation Network defines it as, “Supervised Visitation refers to contact between a non-custodial parent and one or more children in the presence of a third person responsible for observing and seeking to ensure the safety of those involved. “Monitored Visitation”, “Supervised Child Access”, and “Supervised Child Contact” are other terms with the same meaning.”
What do the monitors do?
- Monitors sit quietly and watch the visit. They are trained in objective viewing, passed a background check, and have your child’s best interests in mind. If anything inappropriate or dangerous takes place, a monitor can redirect or even end a visit early (but not visitation itself). Monitors take notes through the visit on what happened, how the child acted, and more. Copies of all reports can be requested by the parents, attorneys, or the court.
What does the process of becoming a client look like?
- First, Bridges needs a referral from court, attorney, or consent of both parties (custodial and non-custodial parents).
- Then, both parents needs to schedule and intake appointment, usually separately. This takes about an hour. We recommend parents bring court papers, protection orders, police reports, or any other information they believe is necessary for Bridges to properly supervise a visit. Parents can also bring proof of income so we know how much services will cost.
- The custodial parent will bring the child(ren) by Bridges for an orientation. We want them as comfortable as possible!
- Schedule your first visitation.
How much does it cost?
- $75 per party (custodial parent and non-custodial parent) at the time of intakes
- Subsequent visit fees are on a sliding scale, based on parents’ income
- $125 per hour, with financial assistance available