Supportive visitation differs from traditional supervised visitation by adding structured contact between the child and parent under the guidance of a qualified counselor.
Traditionally, supervised visitation involves a counselor observing activity between a parent and child, then documenting the visit based on guidelines determined by the court. Supportive visitation creates structure to the visit so that the counselor interacts with the child and parent prior to, during and after a visit to help mend and heal the child/parent relationship. The process is unique to each family because the program is designed to address their current problems, discuss boundaries, and teach positive communication skills between the parent and child.
With this family-centered approach, families can find solutions to problems by working together; thus, developing and strengthening their bond while also meeting court requirements.