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The Supervised Visitation Center. Courtney Hall, MSW Program Coordinator D.C. Superior Court Supervised Visitation Center. Supervised Visitation Center (SVC). Court operated facility that gives non-custodial parents a place to have supervised visitation with their children

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The supervised visitation center

The Supervised Visitation Center

Courtney Hall, MSW

Program Coordinator

D.C. Superior Court Supervised Visitation Center


Supervised visitation center svc

Supervised Visitation Center (SVC)

  • Court operated facility that gives non-custodial parents a place to have supervised visitation with their children

  • Serves as a neutral third party between individuals involved in domestic violence or custody cases

  • Serves as a “last resort” for individuals who cannot come to an agreement on who will monitor visitation between children and non-custodial parents

  • Use of the Center requires a court order


Program objectives

Program Objectives

  • To provide a neutral location for visits between non-custodial parents and children

  • To serve as a site for the exchange of children

  • To protect the safety of children and the custodial parents

  • To preserve the visitation rights of the non-custodial parent


Program services

Program Services

  • Supervised Visitation

  • Neutral Drop-off and Pick-up

  • Child Advocacy

  • Court Testimony

  • Referrals for Services

  • Recommendations for Service and Treatment


What happens during supervised visitation

What Happens During Supervised Visitation?

  • Parties do not have the opportunity to see each other due to staggered arrival and departure times

  • Non-custodial parties are monitored while visiting their children

  • An unbiased third party monitors the visit

  • Visitation occurs in a secure environment


Svc documentation

SVC Documentation

  • While parties are visiting, an SVC staff member completes an Observation form

  • This form details the behavior of the child(ren) as well as the visiting party

  • Records activities of visiting parties and child(ren)

  • Illustrates parenting skills of visiting party

  • Details areas of concern raised by SVC staff


Exchange documentation

Exchange Documentation

  • Details arrival and departure times of both parties

  • Records child(ren) reaction and demeanor towards visiting party

  • Details child(ren) appearance when leaving and returning from visit


Visitation rules at a glance

Visitation Rules at a Glance

  • Parties are scheduled fifteen minutes apart

  • Visiting parties may not bring anyone to visit who is not included in the Court Order

  • Visiting parties may not bring anything with them

  • Visiting parties may not question or discuss Court matters with the child

  • If parties miss three or more consecutive visits, the judge may be notified

  • Custodial parties may not interfere with an ongoing visit


Children s rights guidelines

Children’s Rights Guidelines

  • SVC does not allow prolonged physical contact

  • Visit will be cancelled if child chooses not to visit

  • SVC will end the visit if the child consistently requests to leave the visit

  • Discussion of past visits and projections of future visitations are not allowed

  • Information cannot be relayed through the child


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