The Child and Families Supervised Visitation 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. Referrals other than court orders, must be approved by both parties that indicate that they are willing to contact the Center and complete the intake process.
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.
Documentation surrounding each visit is recorded and compiled in a brief report. Notice is provided to the referring judge if either party violates the policies and procedures and service may be suspended or terminated.
The visitation report is NOT intended to recommend suitability of unsupervised contact between the visitor and child(ren). The visits have taken place under controlled circumstances and may not accurately predict the safety or reliability of unsupervised contact.
A minimal payment is required to process the reports.
The Children and Families Supervised Visitation Program (CFSVP), together with the Sarasota County Government, the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) and the 12th Judicial Court was awarded the Safe Haven Grant from the Office of Violence Against Women. Due to the Safe Haven guidelines, the following policies and procedures will be incorporated as of January 2015:
The new Sarasota County Safe Haven Program will provide onsite supervised visitation and safe exchanges for Sarasota County families who have indicated a history of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, or child abuse.
Referrals for visitation and exchanges will be accepted through the following sources: 12th Judicial Circuit Court, SPARCC and Community Referrals
Referrals will be received through mail, fax or email. Contact information is:
Children and Families Supervised Visitation Program
2210 South Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
Referrals other than court referrals must be approved by both parents/guardians and indicate that they are willing to contact the Center and complete the intake process.
Since safety is the Center’s highest priority, it is imperative that no individual come to the center at any time without an appointment. Center services are by appointment only.
Upon receiving a referral, staff will contact the parents and begin a dialogue to determine individual needs and to identify a time to complete the intake. If the referral is incomplete, staff will gather the information at that time and/or arrange for the information to be delivered prior to the intake appointment. Separate intake and orientation appointments will be scheduled with both parents. (Transporting parent intake will be scheduled first.) Intake and orientations will be scheduled for each child, who is of sufficient age and capacity, who will be participating in the center services.
A police officer will be present for all services provided by the Center.
Visual and auditory separation of both parties, separate parking lots, waiting rooms and entrances.
Video cameras are installed in the interior and exterior of the building.
Drug testing prior to the visit will not be incorporated.
Activities surrounding the visitation or exchange will be documented. The ‘Record of Visitation’ will note violations of policies and will not include a concise summary of all conversations or activities.
Violations of the policies will be communicated directly to the referring agency or judge.
Fees for services will be identified upon completion of the orientation.
*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).
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