CFSVP: Transporting Parent

This program provides a safe and positive way for children to visit with their parents as their families go through a difficult and transitional time.

The children and visiting parent(s) are given a private, child-friendly room in the center.  The child and parent are monitored by a trained, volunteer supervisor who is neutral to the family situation.

Supervised Visitation may be required by the court for many reasons; including problems with divorce, domestic violence, abuse or neglect or simply an unusually period of time in which the child has not seen the parent and needs to become reacquainted.

Both parties are required to complete an intake interview with the Supervised Visitation Staff prior to any visits.  The intake process includes policies and procedures that will ensure a safe visit for the children and parents.  


Advice in helping to prepare your children for supervised visitation

Please talk with your children about

  • When they are scheduled to visit
  • Where the site is located; where you will be while they are visiting
  • Who they will see at the visit (parent, staff, volunteer and possibly a police officer)
  • What is going to happen during the visit (play time, snack, games, etc.)
  • How long they will be visiting, and that they will be visiting again the following week
  • When you will be back to pick them up

Prepare yourself and your children for saying good-bye.  Often children experience separation anxiety even though they may be looking forward to seeing the visiting parent.  Children need reassurance that everything will be alright and that the visiting parent is excited to able to spend time them. It is likely, your children may cry when taken by the Visitation Supervisor, but the crying generally stops when the child is united with the visiting parent.  If the children cannot be comforted for a period  of time (not to exceed 20 minutes), you will be asked to come and get them.  Refrain from speaking negatively to your child concerning the visit.  If the child senses you are uneasy about visitation, the children will be uneasy as well. Maintain a positive attitude with your children and the Supervised Visitation Program staff.

When you pick up your child at the center, it is okay to ask the Visitation Supervisor how the visit went.  The Supervisor, however, is not permitted to give specific details about the visit.  If you have concerns or want further information, please call the office the next business day.  Remember, do not ask the Supervisor to answer any questions pertaining to your former partner or request that they carry messages back and forth.

The Visitation Supervisor’s role and that of the staff is to ensure the safety of your children both physically and emotionally.

Transporting Parent Visitation Guidelines

I agree to:
  1. Be respectful with all Center staff and other participants when communicating with them at the Center or through the telephone or email.
  2. Cancel the visitation 24 hours prior to the designated time of the visit.
  3. Inform the Center of any changes in my address or phone number.
  4. Arrive and depart the Center at the designated times or as instructed by the staff.
  5. Contact the Center by phone if I am going to be late. (The staff will determine if the visit will be canceled.)
  6. Keep all family members together while at the Center.
  7. Avoid the use of drugs or alcohol before or during a visit. (The Center is smoke free.)

I understand that:
  1. If I am 10 minutes late for my designated time of the arrival, the visit will be canceled and noted as a violation of policies.
  2. The Center staff has sole discretion regarding cancelation of any visit.
  3. Activities around the visit will be documented.
  4. Services will be suspended and/or terminated if guidelines are violated and the referring agency or judge will be notified.
  5. Service animals are permitted in the facility as needed. Other pets and animals will not be permitted into the facility.
  6. All parents and children will be screened with a metal detector when entering the building.
  7. If I leave the premises, I need to be available by cell phone and return to the Center 5 minutes prior to the end of the visit.
  8. If my child has a contagious illness that the visit will be canceled.

I agree not to:
  1. Bring guns, knives or anything that can be used as a weapon or looks like a weapon into the Center.
  2. Use physical punishment or profanity at the Center.
  3. Discuss the case or concerns in front of my children while at the Center.

Case specific notes are listed on the Visitation Plan.

Violations of the guidelines by either the transporting or visiting parent may jeopardize the continuation of services provided by the Center. If a suspension is invoked, the parent will need to make an appointment with the Program Director to discuss reinstating services to the family. The referring judge and/or agency will be notified of the suspension of services. If a case is terminated, the Center will not reopen the case until the referring judge or agency has reviewed the case. The Center has the sole discretion of reopening the case.

*No person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination under any program or activity receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance and administered by the Department.

If you request any special accommodations or auxiliary aids for programs or services of the Supervised Visitation Program, please contact the Program Director at 941-492-6491.

Our Auxiliary Aids and Accessibility Plan (pdf).



Contact CFSVP

Sheila Miller, Program Director
2210 South Tamiami Trail
Venice Florida 34293
941-492-6491  Office Phone  
941-408-8469  Fax


Contact Info

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Main Office:
Child Protection Center, Inc.
720 South Orange Ave.
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Phone: 941.365.1277


Supervised Visitation Center:
2210 S. Tamiami Tr.
Venice, Florida 34293







North Port Location:
6919 Outreach Way
North Port, Florida 34297


Arcadia Location:
222 N. Roberts Avenue
Arcadia, Florida 34266