Although not the ideal scenario, it is our hope that no one will look upon supervised visitation or exchange services as a negative or stigmatized service. It is a tool that can help families go through difficult and/or transitional times. There are benefits gained while going through the process.
For the children
Research shows that in most families, children attach to their parents or caregivers through emotional bonds. This attachment is important to a child’s life because it provides a secure, emotional foundation for the child to build relationships later on in life. When divorce occurs, these attachments are interrupted, and a child’s emotional well-being becomes at risk. A child’s emotional stability will continue to crumble if no investment of love and time is given to the parent/child relationship. Supervised visitation time allows the children to maintain a relationship with both parents, something that is found to be an important factor in the positive adjustment to family dissolution. Due to the fact that visits take place in safe and comfortable environments, children can look forward to having and enjoying a visit with the visiting parent without having to worry about being put in the middle of their parent's conflicts and problems.
For Visiting Parents
With court matters being stressful enough, you can look forward to having contact with your child without fearing an interruption regardless of any personal problems or conflict you may be having with the other party. If allegations have been made against you, which are often the case when supervision is ordered, you can visit without any anxiety of new accusations being made because a trained supervisor will be present and able to verify what had happened during the time spent with your child. When using a professional service, you can also be assured that the supervisors are neutral and objective. In addition, let our staff take care of creating the visitation schedule so that all you need to worry about is enjoying time with your child.
For Custodial Parents
For your comfort you do not have to communicate or have any contact regarding the setup of visitation or exchanges with the noncustodial party. These arrangements can be made for you by the neutral staff of Helping Hands, and there does not have to be any contact before, during or after the visits or exchanges. You can relax and feel comfortable allowing your child to have contact with the other parent in a safe and constructive environment while getting valuable time to yourself.