What is the Supervised Visitation Service?
ACRP’s Supervised Visitation Service is a program provided by ACRP Family Preservation Services. It allows non-custodial parents the opportunity to have weekly, bi-weekly or monthly visits with their children who are currently in out-of-home placement or reside with a custodial parent. Supervised visits will give families the chance to establish a positive relationship while working on individual relationships, visitation plans and goals.
How can I become Involved?
An individual can call the ACRP Office at (814) 536-5611 ext. 321 for Cambria County, (814) 445-1717 for Somerset County, or (814) 623-1212 for Bedford County. Participants may refer themselves or be referred or court-ordered through, but not limited to, Juvenile Court, Children & Youth Services and/or a personal attorney.
How is my Individual Visitation Plan Developed?
Individual Visitation Plans will be developed in coordination with the agency and/or person(s) who referred the individual and the needs of the family; court order; or attorney’s agreement.
When do Supervised Visits Occur?
Visits will be conducted during times agreed upon by both the SV Supervisor and the family. Visitations can occur Monday-Friday in the evenings and Saturdays from 10 am-2 pm.
Where do Supervised Visits Occur?
Supervised visits will occur at the ACRP Family Preservation Services offices located at 131 Market Street, Johnstown; 1590 North Center Street, Suite 101, Somerset; and 185 Hospital Drive, Everett which provide a home-like setting. The service also may be provided at any of ACRP’s offices or the Children & Youth Services county offices. Visitation sites may also occur in the community as long as they are approved by the referring agencies and offer a positive benefit for the children, family or even the community.
Who will Supervise my Visit?
ACRP Supervised Visitation Services will provide trained, professional personnel to observe parent-child interaction.
The SV Supervisor will not be responsible for making evaluations on either the estranged or custodial parent’s ability to parent or function as a parent, but may be subpoenaed to give court testimony regarding said visitations.
The SV Supervisor’s primary concern is to provide child safety, visitation assistance in helping to improve parent/child relationship and monitor visitations.
What is the Cost for the Service?
Supervised Visitation Services are available at the rate of $35.00/hour. This fee must be paid by cash or money order prior to the session
Goals of Supervised Visits
- Help ensure the safety of the child while visiting their non-custodial parent in a supervised setting.
- Observe parent/child interactions in order to help improve estranged or alienated relationships and then make a report to the governing agency or legal system regarding what was observed .
- Assist both the estranged and the custodial parent in developing a formalized visitation goal plan, whereby parents and children can work on repairing their relationships and increase the probability of parents following through with visitation.
- Help children maintain parent/child attachments while reducing their sense of abandonment. This service will give non-custodial parents the ability to physically visit with their children and receive encouragement for positive parenting practices and feedback.