Agape Child Visitation
We provide a safe, stress-free, and secure environment physically and emotionally for parents who are on court-ordered visitation with their children in Northern California. Services include, off-site visitation and supervised exchanges, court reports and court appearances. I am passionate about the welfare and safety of children and healthy interaction between family members during all visits is important. Visitation Monitors are responsible for observing, redirecting, and documenting visits. As a Professional Visitation Monitor, I will provide necessary intervention if the safety of the child is in question according to the legal guidelines. Supervised Visitation programs were established to ensure the safety and well-being of families during the time of contact between the non-custodial parent and child. It also enables an ongoing relationship between the non-custodial parent and their child in a safe environment. We are dedicated to helping families during the difficult times of separation, divorce, post-divorce and family estrangement. Often parents, grandparents, and relatives have been separated from seeing their children and loved ones, and need access in a safe, friendly, monitored environment and we can help.
Giving family's peace of mind and helping them get through difficult times with dignity and respect.
Unless special circumstances exist, children generally fare best when they have the emotional support and ongoing involvement of both parents. Ongoing parental involvement fosters positive parent-child relationships and healthy emotional and social development. It is also beneficial to parents because it makes it more likely that the parents will have positive relationships with their children when the children become adults.
For parents who do not live together, it is important to cooperate with each other for the benefit of the children. Children adjust more easily to crisis and loss if their parents work together to develop healthy ways of communicating, resolving problems, and reducing conflict. It is important for parents to remember that formation of a positive parent-child relationship is a life-long process. The key to a successful parent-child relationship is the quality of time, rather than the quantity of time, spent together.
Parents can keep their children out of the middle of adult issues by not using the children as messengers. Sometimes the message is something as innocent as a reminder that the child must take her medication before bedtime. Other times, the message may be that the child support payment will be late. Unfortunately, we all know what happens to the bearer of bad news. If the message was difficult for one parent to say directly to the other parent, just imagine how difficult it will be for the child to relay that message. Instead of using their children as messengers, parents should either deal directly with each other or through a mutually agreed upon adult.
Establishing a visitation schedule is an area where parents may experience conflict. This pamphlet is designed to assist parents in creating visitation schedules that focus on their children's developmental needs from infancy through adolescence. It identifies key tasks that children normally accomplish at each stage of development, and then identifies suggestions for visitation practices aimed at promoting healthy development at each developmental stage. Emphasis is placed on the importance of parents accommodating their children's changing needs by creating visitation schedules that are routine and predictable, and yet flexible enough to change in frequency and duration to accommodate their children's needs as they grow older.
Parents are encouraged to recognize that a visitation schedule that is best for one child may not be best for the child's brothers and sisters. Parents are also encouraged to understand that visitation schedules that are best for their children may not be best for the parents. For the best interests of their children, parents may need to tolerate disruption of their own schedules and more or less visitation than they might otherwise choose. Many parents may also need to address their own feelings of loss, envy, anger, or disappointment when setting visitation schedules that are best for their children.
Unless special circumstances exist, children generally fare best when they have the emotional and financial support and ongoing involvement of both parents. The lack of involvement of one or both parents may lead to developmental problems later on in the child's life.