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 and will document the interaction and activities of the two hour visit.
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.
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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.
*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).
Sheila Miller, Program Director
2210 South Tamiami Trail
Venice Florida 34293
941-492-6491 Office Phone
Joan Beneke, Volunteer Coordinator
Beth Piel, Case Coordinator
Child Protection Center, Inc.
720 South Orange Ave.
Sarasota, Florida 34236
2210 S. Tamiami Tr.
Venice, Florida 34293
North Port Location:
6919 Outreach Way
North Port, Florida 34297
222 N. Roberts Avenue
Arcadia, Florida 34266