Hope for Tomorrow, a Child and Family Support Center provides a safe place for children to spend time with their parents, brothers and sisters and other important relatives they might not be able to live with or visit because of family difficulties. In these situations, the family court system will often require that the parents and other relatives be supervised when visiting with their children. Supervised visitation is often needed when:
- children are removed from their homes and put into foster care, or
- a judge decides that the parent can only safely see his/her children while being supervised.
- Hope for Tomorrow also provides a service called supervised exchange, in which parents use our office to drop off and pick up their kids without having to see each other. Supervised exchanges are helpful when:
- parents have difficulty not getting angry or upset when exchanging children for parenting time, or
- parents simply need a safe, neutral place to meet to exchange children.
Our goal in providing these services is to help children be able to spend time with parents and other relatives while being protected from any unwanted or unsafe behavior from their parents or relatives, and shielding them from hearing their parents argue or see them sad or upset.
What’s it like?
Supervised visitation is often for one or two hours each week. After an intake appointment, you will schedule your visits with your child. Visits will take place on the same day and time each week to make it easy for you to remember and to create a routine for your children. During the visit, you can read, play games, or eat with your child, and just spend time talking with him or her.
How much does it cost?
The cost varies based on why you are using our services. If your child is in foster care, you must discuss and/or arrange payment with us during your intake appointment. In non-foster care cases, if you are the custodial parent, meaning you have primary custody of your children, you will only pay a one-time intake fee of $35. The visiting (or non-custodial) parents or relatives are responsible for paying for each visit. That cost starts at $20/hour and is based on income and on risk. We reserve the right to make that decision on a case-by-case basis. Payment is due at the time of the visit.
The last thing most parents want is to fight in front of their children, but the stress of divorce or instances of violence can be too much sometimes, and kids suffer from fear, worry, anger, and resentment at seeing their parents argue. Our exchange service helps prevent these situations from occurring.
What’s it like?
This service enables custodial and non-custodial parents to exchange children for weekend or weekday visits without having to see each other. For example, Mom will drop off the kids at our office at 5 pm on Friday and then leave. The kids will spend a few minutes playing or reading a book while being supervised by a trained staff member, then Dad will pick them up at 5:15 pm to take them for the weekend. On Sunday, Dad will return to the office at 5 pm, drop off the kids and say his goodbyes, then Mom will pick them up at 5:15 pm.
How much does it cost?
Exchanges are scheduled in advance and payment is made ahead of time or on the date of service by either or both parents. This is a very affordable service that works to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved. Each time a family utilizes our center, there is a $10 charge. For a weekend visit like the one described above, the charge would be $20.
Guided Parenting Visitation
Parents who have lost custody of their children often have a need to improve their parenting skills. In these situations, the courts may require these parents to participate in Hope for Tomorrow’s Guided Parenting Visitation, which helps parents learn how to use more better strategies and deal with children’s misbehavior appropriately. This program is twelve weeks long. Call us for more information.
What we can do
- Work with you to find the best time to visit with your children so that it doesn’t interfere with their school or your employment.
- Provide you with a safe, comfortable, private place for you to visit with your kids, in a room filled with toys, books, and games.
- Provide you with a place to store, prepare, and eat meals with your child(ren).
- Provide you with a trained monitor to supervise the visit and answer any questions you might have
- Provide you with a receipt showing that you paid for your visit(s), report to the court that you attended your visit(s), and provide the court with our written, objective observations on the visit itself.
- Work with you to figure out the best transportation option for your situation and location.
What we can’t do
- Allow you to be alone with your child(ren) under any circumstances at any time while under our supervision, in order to ensure the safety of your child(ren).
- Release reports to you directly, “side” with either parent in court, or testify in court.
- Allow the visit to continue if any agency rules are broken, if anyone participating in the visit is under the influence, or if the visit is not paid for.
- Continue to work with you if you don’t show up for scheduled visits more than twice (without cancelling).
Ready to take the next step?
Please take the time to review the forms and information offered on our site. You can visit also our Resources page to learn more about the importance of supervised visitation, exchange, and parenting classes, and the latest research and reports on outcomes and insights related to the types of services we offer.
When you're ready, give us a call at 877.652.4673 to ask us any questions you might have, schedule a tour of our facility or make an intake appointment. We know where you and your kids spend your time is important to you, and our first priority is your children’s safety and well-being. We look forward to hearing from you!