SUPERVISED VISITATION PROGRAM
Wilentz Justice Complex
Room 1053, 10th Floor
212 Washington Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Main Number: 973-693-5521
Fax Number: 973-693-6674
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Supervised Visitation Program is a temporary program offered by the court that gives a non- custodial parent or guardian an opportunity to spend time with their child(ren) in a safe and neutral, monitored environment. It also provides the child(ren) with the opportunity to establish a relationship with a non-custodial parent or guardian. The importance of the program is that it can help restore communication, which may have been lost, between the parties involved. The program is not designed or considered to be permanent. Each case will be reviewed by the court during and after completion of the program. The goal of the program is to eventually allow the non-custodial parent to spend time with his/her child(ren) in an unsupervised environment.
The program is staffed by a trained and certified coordinator who works for the court and volunteers from the community.
Referrals to the program are court ordered only. Cases that are being investigated or active with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) are not accepted into the program.
Both custodial and non-custodial parents or guardians must be pre-screened by the coordinator before beginning the program.
A program coordinator and certified volunteer supervisor will monitor the parties during their sessions.
A written report will be prepared and submitted by the program coordinator describing the observations made by the volunteer supervisors during the sessions.
All parties must adhere to the rules and regulations of the program.
Only those parties named on the court order are allowed to participate in the program. Arrangements must be made with the coordinator for other parties who are designated to drop off and pick up the child(ren). Information about such arrangements must be submitted in writing to the coordinator.
Parties participating in the program must be prepared to present photo identification upon entering the building.
Sessions are held twice a month on Fridays and Saturdays, but not on or during the weekend of a major holiday.