Helpful Hints for Parents
Your children will look to you for guidance as they prepare for supervised visitation. As a result, here are some helpful hints that you can use to help your child prepare for their first visit with us.
It is important that the child understands that he/she has done nothing wrong and that it is not his/her fault that the supervised visitation must occur.
Assist the child in becoming acquainted with the surroundings at the Visitation Center, so that he/she is comfortable with the atmosphere before the visitation begins. It is important that the child knows the staff at the Visitation Center is always available for him/her during the visit.
Try to maintain a positive outlook about the visitation yourself. Children are very impressionable and they can sense how their parents are feeling. If they feel that you are comfortable with visitation, they may be more apt to be positive about the visitation themselves.
We would like to meet with your child prior to their first scheduled visit. Depending on the age of the child, it may be useful to explain to the child the purpose of the supervised visitations and the safety arrangements. This way, the child can feel informed and feel as though they have some control in the situation.
And please remember, we always appreciate any of your insights or concerns about visitation for your child.