Supervised Visitation

Parenting Matters Supervised Visitation services allow a safe place for children to socialize with their parent while being observed by a third party Visitation Supervisor. This assists in preventing long term separation of children from a parent that courts are monitoring or to allow for (re) introductions to a parent that has been estranged or absent from the child’s life.

Parenting Matters, LLC is a member of the Supervised Visitation Network (SVN). This is a nationally recognized network focused solely on the field of supervised visitation and visitation center services. They offer a format for the field of Supervised Visitation services including training, ethics and Visitation Center development guidelines. The focus of Supervised Visitation is to provide children to have safe, conflict-free access to parents they are not residing with. Parenting Matters, LLC follows their ethics and utilizes educational material and training sessions for our Visitation Supervisors that provide parental support services to our community through SVN.

Supervised parental contact can help to prevent children
from feeling abandoned, while providing opportunities for positive interactions
with non-custodial parents, thereby minimizing confusion and fears.

“Children often worry about the well being of a non-custodial parent and fear they personally are the reason the parent is not in their lives regularly.”

Sarah McKennon, MA, QMHP

Supervised Visitation

Supervised visitation is conducted with a parent who is visiting with their child and a Parenting Matters Visitation Supervisor to ensure that the visitation is safe and appropriate for the child. The role of the supervising support staff is to monitor the parent’s behavior and interactions with the child during the visitation.


Support staff is required to monitor parents for the concerns brought forth by the court and for any questionable behaviors from the visiting or delivering parent. Court orders and background information is provided to Parenting Matters prior to visits being conducted.


Parenting Matters conducts visits at the Visitation Center in Ruther Glen or the Spotsylvania Court Services Unit. If and when community visits occur the custodial and non-custodial parents normally are asked to agree on a location for supervised visitation. Parenting Matters will also have to approve of the location. If the parents do not have a location Parenting Matters is able to reserve rooms at local churches and public buildings for visitations. If there is a fee for the use of the building the charges will apply to the parent responsible for the supervision payment. In some cases, the Court will order that the visitation take place at a special facility.

Supervised Visitation services requires and intake. Click the link below regarding intakes.

Intake Procedures

Parenting Matters 5322 Ladysmith Rd Suite 201 Ruther Glen Suite Va 22546 804-572-0000 FAX 833-672-3440

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