What you should know as a parent
Looking for a Monitor Located in Los Angeles County. According to Family Code Section 3200, drug all providers of supervised visitation must operate their programs in compliance with the “Uniform Standards of Practice for Providers of Supervised Visitation” which can be found in the California Rules of Court, Standards of Judicial Administration, Standard 5.20. They are available: See legal page. Therefore when selecting one of the following supervised visitation monitors it is very important that you, as parents you should:
Become familiar with the Standards of Practice
Use good judgment when selecting any monitor:
Consider the value of having the monitor registered on TrustLine or cleared through a criminal background check. Trustline requires all caregivers listed on its registry to pass a background screening that qualifies them to be a child care provider. All persons listed on TrustLine have been cleared through a fingerprint check of records at the California Department of Justice and have no disqualifying criminal convictions or substantiated child abuse reports in California that would prevent them from being a child care provider.
As a monitor may be spending some time alone with your child, it is wise to select a monitor that is registered. It is your responsibility as a parent, to verify that the monitor is actually registered by calling 800-822-8490 FREE. Some agencies have the authority to do their own criminal background screening with the Department of Justice without having to go through TrustLine. Consider using a monitor that carries professional liability insurance that specifically covers supervised visitation; ask to see a copy of their policy.
Understand that a separate intake interview must be conducted with each parent and the children if age appropriate, prior to the first visit. Because of this, the first visit may not occur immediately. This is a list of private providers that charge for their services. The list below shows their fees. In addition, the Los Angeles law requires that before visitation can begin, the monitor have an intake interview with both parents/guardian. Again there is a fee for this meeting. You can view the Rules and Regulations on the Legal Page.
The next step is Beginning The Process
Supervised Visitation Monitor.
Visitation Monitoring: The Court has ordered that for you to see and visit your child or children, you must have a Supervised Visitation Monitor. You’re not happy about the situation, but you want to see your kids. Supervised visitation can be difficult and uncomfortable at times. Often there are hurt and angry feelings toward the other parent, and it seems impossible to have a positive attitude about a supervised visitation. Remember that both of you care about your children, and that, if possible, children benefit from having two parents in their lives. So how do you go about obtaining a Monitor? And what are the rules. The following will provide a guide for you, it will explain the terms, rules and procedures.
What is a Monitor, why do I need one and what power does the Monitor have?
A professional Monitor serves as a neutral observer and assist in the exchange of the parents children from the Custodial Parent to the Non-Custodial Parent for the purpose of visitation.
The Monitor is required because the Court has ordered that an Observer be present to ensure the safety and well being of the child or children.
Monitors are required because we specialize in handling cases involving domestic violence, child abduction, physical, verbal or child abuse, child endangerment child kidnapping, child abduction, molestation or any other highly dangerous or difficult cases. (Please note: The Monitor is not judgmental and is not there to take side.)
As a Supervised Visitation Monitor, we are here to a period, For whatever the reason that the Court has required supervised visits, it is just that, a Court required order. We realize that there is a bit of resentment on your part, you are being required to have a Monitor (a stranger) who has control over the visits you’ll have with YOUR CHILDREN and to add insult to injury, you have to pay for it. The program is not about fairness, it’s about the protection and safety of the child or children. We are not here with preconceived notions and we are not judgmental, the court and/or attorneys involved have required that a Monitor be present. We are here as a neutral party to assist you in enjoying your children’s visit’s under the current circumstances. Let’s work together to make it as enjoyable as possible. However, there are certain requirements and rules that we both parents must follow as well as the monitor. This will ensure the safety of the children. (California Law)