The visiting parent will arrive at the Center and be greeted by the police officer. All clients will be screened with a metal detector by the police officer. Any items not permitted in the visitation room will be secured. The Center staff will answer questions or share information with the parent as needed. The parent will be escorted to the designated visitation room and prepare for the visit.
The child will arrive at the designated time. The child will be greeted and screened by the police officer. Center staff will answer any questions or share information as needed. The Volunteer Supervisor will escort the child to the visitation room. The Volunteer Supervisor will remain with the family until the end of the visit.
The Center staff will greet the Transporting Parent and answer questions or share information as needed. The Transporting Parent is welcome to wait on site during the visitation.
During the visit the Visiting Parent and child can play games, sit and talk, make crafts, etc. as they spend time together. The Volunteer Supervisor will be seated within hearing distance of the conversation at all times. The Volunteer Supervisor will intervene if a visitation guideline is violated.
At the end of the visit the Volunteer Supervisor will escort the child to the designated waiting room to meet the transporting parent. The transporting parent and child will leave the Center. The visiting parent will clean the visitation room and will remain in the visitation room until the Center staff escorts them to the waiting room. The visiting parent will not leave the Center until dismissed by the CFSVP staff.
Volunteer supervisors must be able to perform a number of sometimes seemingly contradictory roles. They must remain neutral but also be constantly on alert for situations that might present risk to the children, a parent, or others. Supervisors must remain in the ‘background’ but be close enough to hear conversations or notice inappropriate nonverbal behavior. The primary responsibilities of Volunteer Supervisors are as follows:
Visitation is provided at the Visitation Center, in Venice during the week. Visitation is provided at the Sarasota Hospital Memorial Daycare the first and third Saturday of each month. Volunteers may decide to volunteer at one or both locations.
All volunteers must pass a state and national background check every 5 years and attend the Volunteer Supervisor Training. This training is only scheduled 2-3 times each year. Potential Volunteer Supervisors will shadow current Volunteer Supervisors prior to individually supervising a visit.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer supervisor, please send your name, phone number and address to the Visitation Center by phone or mail:
As trainings are scheduled, the Visitation Center staff will contact you. This training is only scheduled 2-3 times each year.
*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
Child Protection Center, Inc.
720 South Orange Ave.
Sarasota, Florida 34236
2210 S. Tamiami Tr.
Venice, Florida 34293
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North Port, Florida 34297
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Arcadia, Florida 34266