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ACR-117 Supervised visitation providers: training.(2017-2018)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 117


Introduced by Assembly Member Thurmond

August 21, 2017


Relative to supervised visitation providers.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 117, as introduced, Thurmond. Supervised visitation providers: training.
This measure would recognize the need for statewide conformity in the training of supervised visitation providers, enabling them to foster safe visitation environments for children and their noncustodial parents.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Circumstances arise that lead to children seeing their parents in supervised visitations, which may include foster care, divorce, domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, substance abuse, or other health issues; and
WHEREAS, Nontraditional visits between parents and children under those circumstances can sometimes lead to difficult experiences and feelings for families, especially children; and
WHEREAS, Visitation programs, under the guidance of a supervised visitation provider, also known as a supervised visitation monitor, were established in order to address difficulties that can arise in some domestic environments and to arrange and support visitation in a safe environment that allows children to have a relationship with the noncustodial parent; and
WHEREAS, Supervised visitation providers are third parties that remain with families for the duration of a visit, providing a safe and supportive environment for parents to have contact with their children; and
WHEREAS, Given the inadequate number of professional supervised visitation providers and the potentially prohibitive costs of hiring a professional supervised visitation provider, among other reasons, California allows for a nonprofessional supervised visitation provider, often a family member or a close family friend, to monitor visitation, if certain conditions are met; and
WHEREAS, Appropriate and effective training allows supervised visitation providers to ensure a safe visitation environment, fostering productive, positive relationships between children and their noncustodial parents; and
WHEREAS, Supervised visitation provider training includes instruction in, among other things, visitation monitoring, child abuse reporting laws, the developmental needs of children, conflicts of interest, and confidentiality; and
WHEREAS, Supervised visitation provider training varies by training program, with each program responsible for its own content development; and
WHEREAS, California could benefit from uniform statewide standards applied to training programs for supervised visitation providers; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That in order to protect and support children in supervised visitation, the Legislature recognizes the need for statewide conformity in the training of supervised visitation providers, enabling them to foster safe visitation environments for children and their noncustodial parents; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.