What is Supervised Visitation?
Supervised visitation allows parents in high conflict or high-risk situations access to their children in a safe and supervised environment. Supervised visitation is used to protect children and the custodial parents from potentially dangerous situations while allowing parental access for the non-custodial parents and providing support for the parent child relationship. It is often court-ordered and can be put into a parenting plan.
What do the monitors do during visits?
Monitors help to provide a safe and warm environment for the visits to take place. When needed, they do model parenting and help in facilitating games or other healthy activities. Monitors redirect negative conversations or any talk of violence. Non-custodial parents and children are not allowed to discuss court or legal issues as well as any issues between the parents. The visits are about enjoying the parent and child relationship in a safe and fun (toy-filled) center.
What are the advantages of using Planet Kids?
Planet Kids is the only grant funded (currently funded by a three-year grant through theOffice on Violence Against Women) supervised visitation center in the state of Montana. There is never any contact between the custodial and non-custodial parents for safety reasons and to prevent more highly stressful situations. Planet Kids is a neutral center that does not give therapeutic or legal advice to either party, providing a neutral place for visits. Planet Kids is filled with lots of fun games and toys for parents and children to play together as well as a partial kitchen for cooking family meals and snacks together.
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