The California Association of Supervised Visitation Service Providers (CASVSP) will host several Listening and Learning Sessions on COVID-19 and Supervised Visitation. These are scheduled on:
CASVSP (www.casvsp.org) will host several teleconference listening and discussion sessions to share resources and provide an opportunity for statewide professional providers in the supervised visitation community to dialogue about emerging issues and challenges around COVID-19; and how the pandemic has—and currently is impacting the field of practice for supervised visitation and exchange services and parents and children and YOU. The purpose of these sessions is to be available as a convolute to others—in particular independent providers so we can offer peer support for connecting to needed resources during the COVID-19 period. We want to hear and share your stories and lessons learned—or rather we are learning through this pandemic. But even more importantly, please help us strategize on real, concrete ideas and suggestions to be considered regarding the reopening of visitation services. This is a “first” for some of many us and not easy for individuals and families devastated by the virus. Please join us!
In response to several questions that Supervised Visitation Providers have raised with regards to providing supervised visits and the current health crisis concerns learn more on Covid-19 Information and Rescources.
The mission of CASVSP as a statewide association of professionals in California is to represent, assist, promote, and support the delivery of supervised visitation services through quality leadership, training, collaborative partnerships, and compliance with professional standards of conduct and best practices.
New YouTube Video on Supervised Visitation and Exchange Services in California
The Judicial Council of California, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Access to Visitation Grant Program has recently developed a new Youtube video for parents, the court, and others regarding supervised visitation and exchange services for the state of California. The video is a trailer to the new Supervised Visitation and Exchange Training Module developed by California’s Access to Visitation Grant Program by the E-Learning Law Firm. The New Training Module is being used as a pre-requisite for the Standard 5.20 training, with education hour credits. Questions, please contact Shelly La Botte at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Practice Guidance
California providers may not use the term certified when describing their own qualifications and/or the services that they provide.
Effective January 1, 2015, Standard 5.20 was revised including the elimination of therapeutic supervised visitation in family law cases. Information regarding these revisions can be found at therapeutic visitation. Additionally, the Court order form FL-341(a) was revised to delete the option for the selection of this type of provider and this provision of service for supervised visitation to be consistent with Family Code section 3200.5.
Consistent with Family Code section 3200.5 and Standard 5.20, there are only two types of providers: (1) Professional Provider and (2) Nonprofessional Provider. The following link provides information regarding types of provider, effective January 1, 2015.
2020 Standard 5.20 and Family Code Section 3200.5 Trainings During COVID
Effective January 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021, professional providers of supervised visitation must complete new training requirements and other requirements resulting from passage of AB 1165. AB 1165 amended Family Code (FC) section 3200.5 including changes related to Standard 5.20 (Uniform Standards of Practice for Providers of Supervised Visitation). One major change is the completion of a Live Scan criminal background check, at the expense of the provider prior to providing services and registration as a Trustline provider pursuant to Chapter 3.35 (commencing with Section 1596.60) of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code.
Moreover, the Judicial Council of California, Center for Families, Children & the Courts (CFCC) staff is currently working on revisions to Standard 5.20 and the Judicial Council form, FL-324 [Declaration of Supervised Visitation Provider], which will be available January 1, 2021. For additional information, you may contact the Judicial Council/CFCC, Access to Visitation Grant Program Manager at email@example.com
See Education Page, click here for 2020 trainings