Supervised Visitation Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness about the importance of supervised visitation for families going through difficult times. This type of visitation can be crucial in ensuring the safety and well-being of children while allowing non-custodial parents or caregivers to maintain a relationship with them.
Supervised visitation is used when there are concerns about the child's safety. This includes cases with a history of domestic violence, child abuse, neglect, or other issues that may put the child at risk. In these situations, a neutral third party, such as Beacon Center, is present during visits to ensure the child is safe and protected.
During Supervised Visitation Awareness Month, it's vital to remember that the purpose of supervised visitation is not to punish the non-custodial parent or caregiver but rather to ensure the child's safety. Children benefit from having a relationship with both parents. Still, in situations where safety is a concern, supervised visitation can allow this to happen while minimizing risk.
It's also imperative to note that supervised visitation is a temporary solution. It can be a temporary measure to allow the non-custodial parent or caregiver to demonstrate their ability to provide a safe and stable environment for the child. In some cases, as the situation improves, supervised visitation may no longer be necessary.
This May, we take the opportunity to educate the public about this critical resource for families in need. To highlight the benefits of supervised visitation, provide help and support for families, and promote the best interests of children involved in these situations.
If you or someone you know is involved in a situation where supervised visitation may be helpful, contact Family Visitation Coordinator Emily Halvorson at 605-886-4304.