South Texas Counseling Agency provides individualized supervision of parent-child contact. We coordinate a professionally trained staff who supervise visits in the community, often at a parent’s home or other child-friendly location. All administrative functions are handled through our main office.
Our goal in providing supervised visitation is to minimize the emotional hardship that children frequently have to endure as a result of custody litigation, while allowing them to maintain safe and positive contact with their parents and other significant relatives.
These guidelines outline basic expectations and procedures for services. Failure to comply with guidelines may result in termination of our agency’s services.
Please initial the bottom of each page and sign at the end of the document.
The first step to beginning services is for the parties to obtain a court order or written agreement for supervised visitation services. The order/agreement should detail the following information:
Who is to participate in the supervised visitation sessions?
If a stepparent, grandparent, siblings, or any other persons are to be involved along with the visiting parent please name them specifically. Only persons specifically authorized by the order/agreement who have completed the intake process are allowed to be present during/at visits.
When are the visits expected to happen?
Supervised visits can generally only be scheduled on weekends. The agency will attempt to comply with specified times; however, the exact time and amount of hours for visitation for each family will depend on the availability of agency staff. Alternatively, the order/agreement can provide basic days (e.g. any time on Saturday, Sunday afternoon, etc.), requested number of hours, and authorization for us to set the specific schedule.
Where are the visits to happen?
Please note in the order or agreement (do not write it here) the parent’s exact address or other location for the visits. Alternatively, the order/agreement may state we will designate the location.
How much of the fee for services will each side pay?
100% to one party, 50/50 split, or other arrangements? This should include registration and other administrative fees.
To begin services all adults involved must complete the intake information. Please review the referral checklist for a list of all required documents. After all required documentation and fees are received an orientation appointment must be made to complete the intake process. Please call us during business hours and we will schedule for the next available appointment.
Children should not be present during the adult orientation as it covers information that is not appropriate for children. Once all parties have completed orientation final scheduling arrangements will be made. Please plan ahead – we are providing services in multiple cases and cannot simply drop everything the moment we have your completed information to start services (nor would you want us to ignore your case once we get started in order to deal with other clients).
One of the ways in which forensic practitioners maintain neutrality and ethical practice is by assuring that fee payment is not contingent on a particular recommendation or outcome. As such fees are due as an advance retainer.