Supervised Parenting

Boulder Emotional Wellness offers Supervised Parenting.
Fee: 90$ per hour (sliding scale available)

In some cases, concern arises about the safety or well being of children during parenting time. For these cases, supervised parenting time can assist in managing and facilitating the contact between the parent and children. Given the presumption in favor of parenting time, supervised parenting time should occur only when other, less restrictive methods of ensuring children’s wellbeing during parenting time cannot be implemented. The primary purpose of supervised parenting time is to provide for the safety of the children. The welfare of the children is the paramount consideration in determining the manner in which supervision is provided.
From “Michigan Parenting Time Guideline”
State Court Administrative Office, Lansing, MI

For participation, disclosure is required by both parents of terms of court orders, detailing:
1. Division of the responsibility to transport the child.
2. Division of the cost of transporting the child.
3. Restrictions on the presence of third persons during parenting time.
4. Requirements that the child be ready for parenting time at a specific time.
5. Requirements that the parent arrive for parenting time and return the child from parenting time at specific times.
6. Requirements that parenting time occur in the presence of a third person or agency.
7. Requirements that a party post a bond to assure compliance with a parenting time order.
8. Requirements of reasonable notice when parenting time will not occur.
9. Any other reasonable condition determined to be appropriate in the particular case.

Additionally, the center requires all visiting parents to turn over their driver’s license, cell phone, PDAs, beepers, and car keys during their visits. Visiting parents must also have their bags inspected prior to their visit with their children. Absolutely no weapons are allowed. During the visit, trained staff are able to ensure the safety of children by intervening when needed, deescalating situations when required, and generally providing a safe and secure setting for all participants.

The following agency rules should be considered as requirements for supervised parenting time. Additional guidelines may be established by the agency as appropriate for furthering the goals of the particular case:

a. All physical contact between the child and the parent must be initiated by the child, unless otherwise approved by the agency.
b. Whispering or speaking in low tones with the intent of concealing the conversation and note passing must not occur between the child and the parent.
c. The parent must not initiate discussion with the child concerning any alleged abuse or use manipulative techniques to extract any information from the child.
d. Discussion regarding adult problems such as court proceedings or parental disagreements are not permitted in front of the child.
e. If the parent wants to give a gift to the child, the parent must discuss it with the supervisor in advance.
f. The language used during the parenting time must be a language in which the supervisor is fluent.
g. There should be no discussion, derogatory comments, or questioning of the child concerning the other parent, the other parent’s relationships or the other parent’s activities.
h. No discussion concerning future living arrangements or changes in parenting time should occur except as determined in advance between the parent and the agency.
i. The child shall not be used to send any messages to the other parent or family member or for the purpose of delivering any communication or document.
j. The child shall not be questioned concerning where the child lives or goes to school.
k. All directives and requests from staff shall be followed.
l. All parenting time shall occur only in areas designated for that purpose.
m. No one other than the parent should be present at the center or in any area that is in direct view of the center unless arranged in advance as part of the therapy.
n. No drugs or alcohol shall be brought to the agency, nor shall a parent appear at the agency under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Violation of any rule may result in warning, immediate ending of the parent visit, termination of service, and in some cases initiation of a report to Child Protective Services.

Additionally the center offers:
• arrangements so that parents are kept visually and physically separate to ensure no-contact between parties
• collaboration with local law enforcement to ensure rapid response
• a safe facility that meets all state and local building, health and fire codes
• thorough review of policies and procedures during client intake