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.
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. 

Announcement—Changes to Supervised Visitation Standard 5.20 and FL-324 Form. Respond by June 9, 2020.  

 

Professional Providers of Supervised Visitation: The Judicial Council of California is seeking comments regarding changes to Standard 5.20 (Uniform Standards of Practice for Providers of Supervised Visitation), that will be effective January 1, 2021. The changes are a result of AB 1165. The goal is to align the standards of practice with recent changes in Family Code section 3200.5. Please review and remember that all comments are part of the public record. Be thoughtful,  concise, clear, and treat your comment submitted as you do your supervised visitation report—formal and professional.

 

Family Law: Changes to Supervised Visitation Standard and Form
Item Number: SPR20-18
Deadline for Comments: June 9, 2020 5:00 PM (Pacific)
Submit Comment Online Or, email: invitations@jud.ca.gov

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes changes to one standard of judicial administration and one form relating to supervised visitation providers to comply with the statutory changes to Family Code section 3200.5, enacted by Assembly Bill 1165 (Bauer-Kahan; Stats. 2019, ch. 823).

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 shelly.labotte@jud.ca.gov

 

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 trainings are 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 training.


 

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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