The Family Visitation Program is intended to provide a way for non-custodial parents to spend time with their child in a safe conflict free environment. Families receiving varying levels of supervision by a neutral observer. The Family Visitation Program includes Supervised Exchanges and Supervised Visitation, The types of supervised visitation available include Supervised Visitation, Coached Parent Ed. Visitation, Individualized Parent Ed. Visitation, and Monitored Visitation. The parenting programs used for Coached Parent Ed Visits and Individualized Parent Ed Visits are trauma informed evidence and family-based programs utilized for the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Individualized Parent Education (IPE)
The Individualized Visitation Education program provides intensive and specialized parenting services to parents/caregivers of vulnerable children. Parents receive individualized education and support from highly trained and skilled Master level practitioners. Targeted instruction is provided to strengthen attachment skills, parenting skills, and understanding of child development. Based on referral information and collaboration with DFS and the Courts, professional assessments from Compass staff, and parent input, specific targeted parenting goals will be developed with the family and added to the education CASE/plan of care? plan.
Before an individual may be entered into the program, they are subject to approval from the Director of Programming or their designate. Individualized parent education is intended to be a temporary level of training with most parents resuming, or transitioning to a more traditional parenting curriculum within six months.
Supervised Visitation (SV)
Supervised visitation is a way for non-custodial parents to spend time with their child in the presence of a neutral, third party observer and in a safe, conflict-free location. This may be necessary for a parent who is just getting to know their child, or when there are other concerns that make it difficult for the non-custodial parent to visit the children. The frequency, length and setting of the visits are determined by the needs of the children or by referring agency. For this service, staff is in the room, or with the child(ren) at all times and documents the entirety of the visit.
Custodial Exchanges (EXCH)
This service is intended for divorced, separated or never-married parents who are experiencing conflict in their in-person parenting relationships, or have orders of protection against the other parent. Exchanges are done by a neutral observer at the Compass office and all activities from drop off to pick up are documented. The exchange service utilizes a split arrival, where one parent/guardian drops off the child(ren) and the other parent/guardian picks up, providing a safe, conflict-free place, with no contact between the adults. In cases of no-contact orders/protection orders, a parenting notebook (approved by the courts), for messages concerning the child(ren), is available.
Family Visitation Mediation
Family Visitation Mediation, allows never-married couples the opportunity to create a co-parenting custody plan for their children when the adult relationship ends. We can help you create a plan that is in the best interest of the children and allows each parent to have a significant role in their children’s life. We help you to agree on custody and will help you to file your plan with the courts. You must both agree to make best efforts at mediation, have an open child support case with CSA and be under a certain income to qualify. This is free program if you qualify.
Monitored Visitation (MV)
Monitored visitation provides a lower level of supervision for families. Arrival and departures are fully supervised at Compass with periodic random check-ins throughout the visit. There are moments throughout that are unsupervised. All contacts and check-ins are documented. All monitored visitations must occur at the Compass campus.
Coached Parent Education Visitation (CPE)
Coached parent education incorporates parent education into a fully supervised visit. This service is intended to support and nurture families, to increase skill levels, and to facilitate a higher level of understanding of successful parenting strategies. An evidenced based parent education curriculum will be selected based on family needs, child(ren) age range, and requirements of the referring agency. Parents participate in a one-on-one parenting lesson before the child(ren) arrives. The visit then transitions into a fully supervised coached parenting time where a coach will prompt, model, support, or guide the family through situations that arise. After the child(ren) leave, the coach and parent(s) will reflect on the parenting opportunities present in the visit. Once the curriculum is completed, coached visitation may continue to give more time to practice parenting skills.