Mission

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. 

In  response to several questions that Supervised Visitation Providers  have raised with regards to providing supervised visits and the current health crisis concerns.

DISCLAIMER:  THE INFORMATION PRESENTED HERE IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE.  YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN ATTORNEY REGARDING YOUR REQUIREMENTS AS A PROFESSIONAL PROVIDER, IN PARTICULAR TO CANCELLATION OF VISITS AND LEGAL REQUIREMENTS REGARDING A COURT ORDER.

This is information that CASVSP is sharing through an  e-mail exchange but not requested as advice from the Judicial Council of California/CFCC access to visitation grant programs to CASVSP.  

Additionally, under Standard 5.20 providers may suspend or terminate as follows:

(p) Temporary suspension or termination of supervised visitation

  1. All providers must make every reasonable effort to provide a safe visit for the child and the noncustodial party.

  2. However, if a provider determines that the rules of the visit have been violated, the child has become acutely distressed, or the safety of the child or the provider is at risk, the visit may be temporarily interrupted, rescheduled at a later date, or terminated.

  3. All interruptions or terminations of visits must be recorded in the case file.

  4. All providers must advise both parties of the reasons for interruption of a visit or termination.

 

Furthermore, under Standard 5.20, Providers must reasonably ensure the health, safety, and welfare  of everyone involved.  Providers retain the authority to temporarily suspend or cancel visits based on safety-safety for the provider, child, and safety for the families.

Providers should check their local court’s website and talk to their court contacts for information on COVID-19 emergency announcements regarding court operations. Decisions on how and if to provide services needs to be made by each agency pursuant to local city, county, state, and CDC guidelines or orders on COVID-19.

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.

New Statutory Requirements for Professional Providers of Supervised Visitation and Exchange Services.

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 shelly.labotte@jud.ca.gov

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2020: Webinar Information Session - New Requirements For Professional Providers of Supervised Visitation

(10:30 am - 12 pm)

  • Location: Webinar

MARCH 9–11, 2020: Standard 5.20 and Family Code section 3200.5 Training 

(8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., each day)

Sponsored by the Judicial Council, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Access to Visitation Grant Program, in collaboration with CASVSP (www.casvsp.org).

  • Location: Judicial Council Northern/Central Regional Office (Sacramento)

Please note that you must complete both the registration on Survey Monkey and payment at Eventbrite for completion of the registration process for this training.

At this time, the following training is cancelled with the plan to be to reschedule at a later date.  This is because of the directive through our collaboration with the Judicial Council that all training gatherings are to be cancelled at this time because to help with the reduction in spreading the Corona Virus.

Questions can be directed to Debbie Comstock at debbiecomstok7@gmail.com

 

MARCH 25–27, 2020: Standard 5.20 and Family Code section 3200.5 Training 

(8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., each day)

Sponsored by CASVSP, in collaboration with the Judicial, Operations and Programs Division, Center for 

Families, Children & the Courts, Access to Visitation Grant Program.

Please note that you must complete both the registration on Survey Monkey and payment at Eventbrite for completion of the registration process for this training.

APRIL 27–29, 2020: Standard 5.20 and Family Code section 3200.5 Training 

(8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., each day)

Sponsored by the Superior Court of Santa Barbara County, in collaboration with the Judicial Council, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Access to Visitation Grant Program. 

APRIL 30, 2020: Advanced Skills Training—I have Been Subpoenaed, Tips on Testifying in Court (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).

Trainer: Jan Maiden, Esq., San Diego County

Sponsored by CASVSP, in collaboration with the Judicial Council, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Access to Visitation Grant Program.

 

Please note that you must complete both the registration on Survey Monkey and payment at Eventbrite for completion of the registration process for this trainin


 

JUNE 29–July 1, 2020: Standard 5.20 and Family Code section 3200.5 Training 

(8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., each day) 

Sponsored by the Judicial Council, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Access to Visitation Grant Program, in collaboration with CASVSP (www.casvsp.org).

  • Location: Judicial Council Northern/Central Regional Office (Sacramento)

JULY 20–22, 2020: Standard 5.20 and Family Code section 3200.5 Training 

(8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., each day) 

Sponsored by CASVSP, in collaboration with the Judicial Council, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Access to Visitation Grant Program.

Please note that you must complete both the registration on Survey Monkey and payment at Eventbrite for completion of the registration process for this training.


 

JULY 23, 2020: Advanced Skills Training—The Fundamental Principles of Report Writing (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Trainer: Shelly La Botte, Judicial Council/CFCC, Access to Visitation Grant Program

Sponsored by CASVSP, in collaboration with the Judicial Council, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Access to Visitation Grant Program.

Please note that you must complete both the registration on Survey Monkey and payment at Eventbrite for completion of the registration process for this training.

 

AUGUST 24–26, 2020: Standard 5.20 and Family Code Section 3200.5 Training 

(8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., each day)

Sponsored by the Judicial Council, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Access to Visitation Grant Program, in collaboration with CASVSP (www.casvsp.org).

 

Please note that you must complete both the registration on Survey Monkey and payment at Eventbrite for completion of the registration process for this training.

September 21, 2020: Advanced Skills Training: I’ve Been Subpoenaed, Tips on Testifying in Court (9:00
a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). Trainer: Jan Maiden, Esq., San Diego County
Sponsored by the Judicial Council, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children & the
Courts, Access to Visitation Grant Program, in collaboration with CASVSP (www.casvsp.org).


Please note that you must complete both the registration on Survey Monkey and payment at
Eventbrite for completion of the registration process for this training.

SEPTEMBER 28–30, 2020: Standard 5.20 and Family Code Section 3200.5 Training 

(8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., each day)

Sponsored by CASVSP, in collaboration with the Judicial Council, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Access to Visitation Grant Program.


 

OCTOBER 1, 2020: Advanced Skills Training—Domestic Violence Victims and Trauma-Informed Care for Supervised Visitation Services (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). Trainer: Debbie Comstock, LCSW President, CASVSP and Certified DV Advocate, Experienced Trainer on the Dynamics of DV/Intimate Partner and Family Violence

Ms. Comstock is a leadership member of the San Diego Family Strengthening Network she trains agencies and organizations on the National Standards for Family Strengthening Practice as well as trauma informed care and trauma informed clinical practice.

Sponsored by CASVSP, in collaboration with the Judicial Council, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Access to Visitation Grant Program.

Please note that you must complete both the registration on Survey Monkey and payment at Eventbrite for completion of the registration process for this training.

NOVEMBER 16–18, 2020: Standard 5.20 and Family Code Section 3200.5 Training
(8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., each day) 
Sponsored by CASVSP, in collaboration with the Judicial Council, Operations and Programs Division,
Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Access to Visitation Grant Program.


​Please note that you must complete both the registration on Survey Monkey and payment at
Eventbrite for completion of the registration process for this training.

DECEMBER 2–4, 2020: Standard 5.20 and Family Code Section 3200.5 Training
(8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., each day) 
Sponsored by the Judicial Council, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children and the
Courts, Access to Visitation Grant Program, in collaboration with CASVSP (www.casvsp.org).


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