How to Become a Court Approved Visitation Supervisor

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Supervised visitation is required by child custody judges for a variety of reasons ranging from past neglect or abuse to the child in question being young. When supervised visitation is ordered, the noncustodial parent is responsible for securing and paying for a court-approved supervisor. Social workers, attorneys or other community members can become approved by the courts, but each state dictates who can and how someone becomes a visitation supervisor. Before attempting to become a court-approved visitation supervisor, check your state's laws regarding the matter.

Contact the family court in your area to inquire about becoming a visitation supervisor. The court clerk should tell you who to contact for training or certification as required by your state. Some states require a background in social work or law, but a background in teaching or psychiatry can also help you become a visitation supervisor.

Complete an application and training as required by your state. Training often consists of how to write reports, what to watch for during visitations, and the laws regarding supervision in your state. You might also complete training on how to interact with the parents you are supervising. Be prepared for a criminal background check and credit check. The credit check is used by some states to ensure the supervisor has no reason to fall for a bribe from the noncustodial parent.

Register with the court system or with the child protective services agency. In some states, you must register with both to begin monitoring visitations.

Ensure your name has been put on the approved supervisor list with the court. Also post your information in places where mandatory parenting classes are held. Getting your name in front of the parents who will use your services can help increase your client base.

Contact your local child protective services office and request your name also be put on their list of available visitation supervisors. Getting on the list with social workers can result in more clients, especially from families that have dealt with child protective services in the past.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some states have set contracts with visitation facilities. Ask the court clerk for the list of facilities if they are unsure of the process. The facilities can help you complete the process and begin seeing clients.

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