MONITORS AND THEIR ROLE
The monitor’s job is to observe and notate everything they see and hear between the visiting parent and the child. To protect the child is our primary directive. We are teachers, nurses, grandparents, parents and siblings of our own families. Our training includes domestic violence, child abuse, documentation, CPR and first aid and drug and alcohol addiction classes. Our training complies with Uniform Standards of Practice for the California Court section 26.2. A thorough Live Scan background check is provided by each monitor prior to working with us.
In order to help create a positive and comfortable situation for the children, our monitors are familiarized with the specifics of each new case referred to our company. We have open-ended discussions between our administrative staff and with our monitors, the case managers, and our clinical staff in order to assure un-biased, child-safe and parent-friendly visitations as directed by the court. Each monitor will provide a written report on your visit within 5 days. That report will be available on request.
We are not therapists and we are not doctors. It is not our place to make an opinion about your situation or tell you how your relationship is with your child. The right monitor can ideally be a beacon of light in an often dismal situation. We perform our work while attempting not to interfere with normal healthy child-parent interaction.
We have monitors that are fluent in English, Spanish, Russian, Armenian, Farsi, and Hebrew.
The responsibilities of the Monitor are as follows:
- To assure the safety and welfare of the child(ren).
- To observe and note all events that occur on the visitation.
- Avoid any attempt to take sides with either party.
- To be within sight and earshot of the child(ren) and the non-custodial party at all times and to ensure that all discussions are audible to the provider.
- To enforce the frequency and duration of the visits as ordered by the court.
- Speak language spoken by the child and the non-custodial party.
- At the onset of visitation, the monitor is to retrieve the child(ren) from the custodial parent and hand to non-custodial parent. This is to ensure the safety of all parties, including the parents, child(ren) and visitation monitor.
- To issue a warning, to interrupt, cancel, or terminate the visit in the event that the monitor observes that either party attempts to make any derogatory comments in front of the child(ren) about the other parent, his or her family, caretaker, child, or child’s siblings; attempts to discuss the court case or possible future outcomes in front of the child(ren); seems to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the monitored exchange or visit.
- To terminate the visit immediately, in the event that the monitor observes any signs of physical, mental, emotional, or sexual abuse, or in the event that the monitor believes that given activities locations or the behavior of either parent is dangerous to the safety of the child(ren).
- Monitor must report, as mandated by law, any suspicion of any child abuse (Penal Code § 11166).
- In the event that the visit is terminated, the monitor must use a cell phone or the nearest phone to arrange for alternate transportation. The monitored parent must cooperate and pay for this transportation.
If you are interested in becoming a monitor, please download and fill out the form below.