Supervised Visitation Services
In some of the most stressful and difficult of family situations, supervised visitation may be legally mandated. Bridges Counseling and Family Services provides professional services for families who need supervised visitations in a safe, neutral environment. Supervised Visitation helps to ensure that all children removed from their parents have the opportunity to visit their parents/siblings on a regular basis as well as strengthen and increase the parent’s ability to provide for the emotional and physical needs as well as the safety of their children.
Supervised visitation may be required in situations such as:
- Custody disputes
- Concerns about parenting skills/behaviors
- Substance abuse
- Concerns about physical/sexual abuse
- Restraining orders
The role of a Bridges visitation provider in a family’s visit is to protect the integrity of the visit and provide a positive atmosphere where parents and children may interact in a safe, structured environment. Visitation may be held at the Bridges Counseling office; neutral sites such as parks, fast food restaurant with playground, or shopping malls; child’s own home or relative’s home; foster home; or other location as deemed appropriate by the referral source and other parties involved in the child’s case taking into consideration the child’s physical safety and emotional wellbeing. Bridges facilities are welcoming and comfortable for adults and children and include spaces for family meetings.
Bridges Counseling staff will assist the family by strengthening, teaching, demonstrating, role modeling appropriate skills and monitoring in, but not limited to the following areas: Establishing and/or strengthening the parent-child relationship. Instructing parents in child care skills such as feeding, diapering, administering medication if necessary, and/or proper hygiene. Teaching positive affirmations, praising when appropriate. Providing instruction about child development stages, current and future. Teaching age-appropriate discipline. Teaching positive parent-child interaction through conversation and play. Providing opportunities for snack and meal prep with children present. Responding to child's questions and requests. Teaching safety. Managing needs of children of differing ages at the same time. Helping parents gain confidence in meeting their child's needs. Teaching age appropriate activities that encourage child development and resiliency. Identifying and assessing potentially stressful situations between parent and their children.