What is supervised parenting time?

Divorce is hard on kids.

 

In the U.S. over 50% of marriages end in divorce. Each year over 1 million children are affected by the divorce of their parents. Courts generally prefer children spend equal time with both of their parents, however if the safety and wellbeing of a child is of concern, a judge may determine supervised parenting time is necessary.

 

Family courts try to protect the best interests of the child from any physical, mental or emotional danger by the parent. 

If a parent’s behavior indicates possible child abuse, mental disability, or drug or alcohol addiction, the court can decide parenting time must be supervised.The length of time required for supervision varies. 

When supervised parenting time is required, a monitor is to be present during the entire time a child and parent are together. The monitor observes the behaviors and interactions of the parent with the child and intervenes, if necessary, to ensure the child's psychological and physical safety. While some people attempt to use a family member or friend as a monitor, it becomes quickly obvious that bias can be a significant factor. 

Supervision Monitors provides trained, professional monitors who understand children's needs and the requirements of the court. We facilitate in home and in community visits in northern New Jersey. We are not a visitation center. We believe that the more natural the environment, the better it is for children and the more accurately the time together reflects real life relationships. Following each visit monitors provide detailed documentation which is often used at court hearings to inform the ongoing custody plan.  

 

We are now also providing monitored video calls anywhere in the United States. We recognize the pandemic has made it much more difficult for parents to spend time with their children and monitored calls are a good alternative. 

Face-to-Face Visits

 

At Supervision Monitors we understand the importance of parenting time.

Our monitors assure parenting time is comfortable, safe and non-threatening to the child. We approach each visit with the child's well-being as our central goal.

 

The monitor is present at all times during the visit to observe the activities and interactions between parent and child. Visits can occur in the home or in the community. Our monitors abide by COVID-19 precautions. The non-custodial parent must agree to our visit guidelines at all times. In addition, our guidelines can also be tailored to the needs of your family. 

 

Monitors will intervene if the interaction between parent and child becomes a concern. The parent will be instructed about what needs to change for the visit to continue. In rare circumstances, the monitor may end the visit if there are safety concerns.

We provide detailed documentation of each visit which is often used in court hearings. If called upon, our monitors do testify in court.

Video Calls

Due to the pandemic, many parents that require supervision have not been able to see their child. We now offer video call monitoring anywhere in the U.S..

The parent and child log into our dedicated Zoom account where our monitors observe and document the topics of conversation and the interactions between the parent and the child. There are guidelines that must be followed. Documentation of the calls are provided along with the audio recording. Video calls are a good way for parents to stay connected and involved with their child.  

 

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Court documentation

During the supervised visit, the monitor is always able to see and hear the child and parent. Much information can be gathered through observation. All interactions are documented in detail including any redirection a parent may have required for not following the visit guidelines. In rare cases the monitor may end the visit.

The documentation of the visit is critical. Being able to accurately report the activities and interactions  during the visit in a neutral and unbiased manner is the only way the courts will gain an understanding of the parenting time. Imagine the impact of a poorly documented visit.  

 

 Our monitors will also appear in court, if required. However, we do not make any recommendations to the court regarding custody. 

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SERVICES

Face-to-Face Visits

At Supervision Monitors we understand the importance of parenting time.

Our monitors assure parenting time is comfortable, safe and non-threatening to the child. We approach each visit with the child's well-being as our central goal.

The monitor is present at all times during the visit to observe the activities and interactions between parent and child. 

Visits can occur in the home or in the community. Our monitors abide by COVID-19 precautions. The non-custodial parent must agree to our visit guidelines at all times. In addition our guidelines can be tailored to meet the needs of your family.

 

Monitors will intervene if the interactions of the parent become a concern. The parent will be instructed on what needs to change for the visit to continue. In rare circumstances the monitor may end the visit if there are safety concerns. 

 

We provide detailed documentation of each visit which is often used in court hearings. I called upon, our monitors will testify in court.

Video Calls

 

Due to the pandemic, many parents who require supervision have not been able to see their child. We now offer video call monitoring anywhere in the U.S.

 

The parent and child log into our dedicated Zoom account where our monitors observe and document the topics of conversation and the interactions between the parent and the child. As with face-to-face visits, guidelines that must be followed.

 

Documentation of the calls are provided along with the audio recording if parents agree. Video calls are a good way for parents to stay connected and involved with their child.  

Helping children adjust to supervised visits

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Children from divorced families

may experience emotional

problems such as difficulty

adjusting to change, loss of

interest in social activities,

feelings of guilt, depression and anxiety. They may also develop behavioral problems.

In situations where supervised parenting time is in place,

children are often confused and

need reassurance.

 

Both parents play a major role

in how their child will adjust to

the supervision. Providing a

simple, age appropriate

explanation as to why a monitor

will be present during parenting

time is critical. Explaining that a trusted adult will be with them on their visits is important. 

Our Monitors

Our monitors are well prepared to ensure the safety of your child. They are required to have at least a Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology or a related field and at least 3 years of experience working directly with children. They receive ongoing training and are background checked.

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Cynthia

M.S.W. Social Work
M.S. Neuroscience and Education

 

Experience in domestic violence and crisis intervention

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Asil

B.S. Criminal Justice
 

Experience in developmental disabilities
 

Bilingual English/Spanish

Amanda

B.S. Counseling & Human Services


Experience in special education

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Lori

M.A Counseling

Experience in school counseling

 
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Felicia

B.A. Social Work


Experience in child abuse/neglect

Bilingual English/Spanish

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Nyla

B.S. Psychology
 

Experience with minority communities

 
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The monitor

you choose today

will impact your family for years to come

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Sharie

B.A. Sociology
 

Experience with at risk youth

Working with us

 

We are a minority owned business and pride ourselves on customer service excellence. Each monitor has a supervisor that is readily available if you have questions or concerns. We are easy to reach and quick to respond.

 

Please contact us via phone or email and we will review our services and answer any questions. We know that  understanding the role of the monitor and what to expect at the visit is essential. We also routinely speak with attorneys. 

 

Before the first visit we will send paperwork via email that must be completed and returned at least 3 days prior to the first visit. All face-to-face visits for parenting time must be at least 2 hours in duration. We do ask for a one week notice to schedule a monitor but if you need someone sooner, contact us and we'll make every effort to meet your scheduling needs. Video calls must be at least 1 hour in duration.

 

You can reach us at 973-440-9973 or at info@supervisionmonitors.com.

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Working with your attorney

Please inform your attorney that you are working with Supervision Monitors. In our experience attorneys often have additional questions and we are prompt in responding to their calls. We understand time is of the essence when it comes to children.

We require a copy of the court documentation that specifies the reason(s) for supervised visits be provided to us prior to the first visit. 

The development and implementation of the parenting time plan is the responsibility of the parents in conjunction with their attorneys. Our monitors will appear in court but do not make recommendations about custody.

 

 

Contact Us

973-440-9973

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COVID-19

Our monitor follow COVID-19 regulation and ask that parents social distance at visits. 

 

973-440-9973

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