1554-C Union Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
Types of Supervised Services
SUPERVISED VISITATION refers to contact between a non-custodial parent and one or more children in the presence of a third party, who is responsible for observing and factually recording the interactions of the non-custodial parent and children, seeking to ensure the safety of those involved. “Monitored Visitation,” Supervised Child Access,” and “Supervised Child Contact” are other terms with the same meaning. **Intake fee $100, then $50 per hour**
THERAPEUTIC VISITATION is similar to Supervised Visitation, except that the professional third party is a certified clinician who can provide limited therapeutic intervention during the visits. **Intake fee $100, then $95 per hour**
SUPERVISED EXCHANGES, sometimes referred to as “Monitored Exchanges” or Supervised/Monitored Transfers” is supervision of the transfer of the child from one parent to the other. Supervision is limited to the exchange or transfer only with the visit between parent/child unsupervised. Precautions are taken to assure that the two parents or other individuals exchanging the child do not come into contact with one another. **Intake fee $100, then $50 per exchange**
We also provide Telephone Monitoring, Written Reports, copies of Observation Logs, and can appear in court.
Using A Professional
WHY USE A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE, PARTICULARLY WHEN THERE IS A FEE INVOLVED? It is often difficult to find a family member or friend on which both parents agree to supervise a visit. If parents are having sufficient conflict that supervision has become necessary, chances are slim that they will be able to find an individual they both will trust. It also is a strain on family members and friends to be in this particular situation. They quickly tire of being in the middle of conflict and usually cannot remain a neutral party. The feeling of trust and safety is then compromised. For these reasons, friend or relative supervision often does not work well for the child or parents.
PROFESSIONALS WHO PROVIDE THE SERVICE are selected and verified by Patterson Psych Group, PLLC. They may include Master’s level interns for counseling, social workers and other human services professionals such as child welfare, law enforcement, clergy, and others. Therapeutic Visitation is provided only by credentialed clinicians, such as Licensed Professional Counselors or Licensed Clinical Social Workers. All professionals receive specialized supervised visitation training before being assigned to work with families. Management and oversight of all services are by experienced providers of supervised visitation services.
Fees are structured based on the type of service and are priced by the hour. In addition, a set intake fee is charged ($100 per intake). All fees must be paid prior to services rendered. Payment of intake fee is due prior to scheduling intake session. At intake, the number of hours for two months of service will be estimated and payment made before services start. Client will receive monthly statements of services used. Additional payments must be made before additional services are rendered.
Holiday fees for Supervised Visitation Sessions with Professional: $65/hour**
New Year’s Day, Independence Day (July 4), Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day
Coordination Fee – Will be imposed for instances such as below: $40/hour
Disagreement between the parents/custodians regarding time and place of the visit; approval or disapproval of visitors being at the visit; follow up phone calls regarding the visit; collaboration with therapist; visits not cancelled 24 hours in advance of a scheduled visit.
Intake/Coordination Fee above also charged. $100/$60
Monitoring with Professional: $50/hour**
Trained professional listens during the parent-child phone calls, factually recording interactions on a log. (Coordination Fee above also charged.)
Summary Reports Required by Courts
Court reports of the visits written by supervising professional: $200
Copies of Professional's Observation Log: $4/page
Professional's Testimony in Court: $100/hour per**
Hour is billed from “door to door” (from the time professional leaves the office until the time professional returns).
*Intake fee must be paid for intake session to be scheduled.
**All hourly rates are charged in 15-minute increments, including telephone calls to the assigned professional. All fees must be paid by money order, cash, or credit/debit card.