- How do I get started and what’s required?
- You need to contact R-Time to set up “Intake” session. (this is basically an interview at which you need to bring certain documentation and agree to the contract for service). I will need to meet with both parents separately. This can be done at your homes, a coffee shop or other place.
- Note. Supervised Visitation Monitors are independent contractors, trained to handle Court ordered visitations. Our service with you calls for being paid in cash at the beginning of each visit or other service. This requirement is not a reflection upon you, but rather the nature of the business as a whole.
- So let’s get started.
Initiating services with R-Time is easy. The entire process can be completed quickly - this depends solely on the parents involved in establishing services. I will work diligently to move through the four stages of getting started as our goal is to ensure that the visiting parent and child(ren) are able to visit with each other in a safe and comfortable environment and we will rely on you to assist us in this process.
Call ( 949.274.2256 ) to request the new client packet and I will either mail or fax one right to you!
New Client Packet include:
- Supervised Visitation Guidelines.
- Intake Application and Required Documents.
- Monitoring Contract and fee schedule.
To receive the packet online, email your request to us. The packet will be sent as a pdf document (download Adobe Acrobat here).
Submit your documents
After you have completed the new client registration packet, the first phase of the intake process begins! Please e-mail, fax or mail the following items relative to your case for review:
a. Copies of any protective orders filed.
b. Current court order.
c. Any Judicial Council form relating to supervised visitation orders.
d. A report of any written records of allegations of domestic violence or abuse.
e. An account of the child(ren)'s health needs if the child(ren) has a chronic health condition.
f. Completed client registration packet.
Other public information may also be obtained. These documents will be reviewed to assess the nature and degree of risk for your case.
(Reference Source: 2007 Uniform Standards of Practice for providers of supervised visitation, Sect. 5.20(g)(2)(3).
Attend Intake Interview
Following the documentation review, the next stage of the intake process will occur. I will contact both parents to schedule separate intake orientation appointments.
Please bring the following: your original signed copy of the registration packet, your picture identification.
The intake interview will last between 45 min - 1hour and the discussion will focus on the following areas:
a. submitted documentation,
b. Standards & Policies, the 2008 California Uniform standards of practice for providers of supervised visitation,
c. a preliminary visitation schedule.
d. The current fee’s and costs relative to services.
e. We will discuss health and safety measures.
Scheduling and the First Visit
During the interview you will be asked to provide information regarding your ideal visitation schedule. The duration will depend on the court order. I will certainly do my best to make it happen.
My goal is to work with both parents to create a service schedule which takes into account other life events (i.e. work, sleep and play). Scheduling can be challenging and creating a "perfect" schedule for both parents is not an exact science. At times it will heavily rely upon each parent's commitment to flexibility.
Remember - your focus on the child and the child's needs, along with the mandate of the court order, is paramount to creating a service schedule which works for all parties involved. Once the schedule is determined I will contact you to discuss the first visitation.
Usually visitations take place on a Saturday/Sunday, between certain hours, i.e., 10 am to 6 pm. And during the week, between 6 pm to 8 pm. Often the times are set by the Court. Depending on the location, fee’s may include travel time.
Off-Site Visitation Monitoring - Supervised visitation services conducted at various locations within the community. Off-site visits allow the parent and child to go to various community locations such as:
- · Local Park
- · Amusement Park
- · Zoo
- · Museum
- · Playground
- · Restaurants
- · Shopping Malls
- The visiting parent must pay all costs for the monitor during all off-site visits. With Court approval, some cases allow for off-site visitation to take place in the non-custodial parents home.
Custody Exchange Monitoring - This service allows the custodial parent to take the child to a prearranged, safe and neutral location. The non-custodial parent can then pickup the child and return the child to the same neutral location once the visit is finished. The pickup times are staggered so that the parents do not have to be in contact with each other. The actual exchange of the children is monitored and documented by Kids First staff. Our staff always tries to make the process as comfortable for the child as possible.
TIPS FOR THE NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT
Here are some suggestions that might be helpful to you: Do your best to focus on your relationship with your child. Your patience and commitment will pay off.
TIPS FOR THE CUSTODIAL PARENT
Supervised visitation can also be a challenge for you. Typically you have been taking care of your child's everyday needs and have a routine for yourself and your family. Supervised visitation can sometimes feel like one more responsibility. Of course you also have concerns and questions about the visits and how they will affect your child. This is understandable. In difficult times you may also want to talk to a mental health professional or find a support group where you can talk about your feelings. Here are a few suggestions that might help you in the process:
- · Read the Court Order / Custody Order thoroughly
- · Explain to your child where and when the visits will take place
- · Have your child ready on time and be prompt
- · Reassure your child that you support him or her in having a pleasant visit.
- · Do not quiz your child about the visit
- · Do not make your child a messenger to the other party.
If you need to change the visitation schedule, the provider cannot do that for you. To assist you in filing the proper paperwork, contact your attorney or the Family Law Facilitator.
If you cannot agree on how to modify the court’s order and you are both willing to meet with a Court Mediator to assist you in reaching an agreement that can then be filed in court and become an order, call your Family Court Services office to schedule an appointment.
To begin using the services of (r-) time together both parents must contact our office and schedule an intake interview before services can begin. Both parents are asked to bring the following information for the intake interview:
- Drivers License or Valid Identification Card
- Proof of Insurance (Automobile)
- Copy of the Court Order or Temporary Custody Orders
- Copy of the Protective Order (if applicable)
- A recent picture of the Child
- A recent picture of the Parents (custodial and non-custodial)
(r-) time together reserves the right to end the visit if the supervised parent violates any court order or (r-) time together policies during the visit. (r-) time together will end the visit immediately if the I feels it is in the best interest of the child.