Supervised Child Visitation - Information for Litigants


Categories of Supervised Child Visitation Providers

    There are two categories of Supervised Child Visitation Providers: non-professional and professional.

    The Non-Professional Provider is any person who is not paid for providing supervised child visitation services. The most common person in this category is a friend or a family member. Unless otherwise ordered by the court or stipulated by the parties, the Non-Professional Provider should meet the following requirements:

  • Have no record of a conviction for child molestation, child abuse, or other crimes against a person;
  • Have proof of automobile insurance if transporting the child;
  • Have no current or past court order in which the provider is the person being supervised;
  • Agree to adhere to and enforce the court order regarding supervised visitation; and
  • File a Declaration of Supervised Visitation Provider (FL-324) with the court prior to beginning services as a Non-Professional Supervised Child Visitation Provider in a case.

The Professional Provider is any person paid for providing supervised child visitation services, or an independent contractor, employee, intern, or volunteer operating independently or through a supervised visitation center or agency. Compensation arrangements must be made between the parties and the provider. The Professional Provider should meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have no record of a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) within the last five years;
  • Not have been on probation or parole for the last 10 years;
  • Have no record of a conviction for child molestation, child abuse, or other crimes against a person;
  • Have proof of automobile insurance if transporting the child;
  • Have no civil, criminal, or juvenile restraining orders within the last 10 years;
  • Have no current or past court order in which the provider is the person being supervised;
  • Be able to speak the language of the party being supervised and of the child, or the provider must provide a neutral interpreter over the age of 18 who is able to do so;
  • Have no conflict of interest;
  • Agree to adhere to and enforce the court order regarding supervised visitation and;
  • Meet the training requirements set forth in Cal. Fam. Code 3200.5(d)(1); and
  • File a Supervised Visitation Provider Annual Declaration (RI-FL012) with the court each year.

All Supervised Child Visitation Providers (non-professional or professional) should make every reasonable effort to assure the safety and welfare of the child and adults during the visitation. All providers should maintain neutrality and not discuss the merits of the case or agree with or support one party over another.  Any discussion between a provider and the parties should be for the purposes of arranging visitation and providing for the safety of the children.

Please note that communications between parties and providers of supervised child visitation are not protected by any privilege of confidentiality.


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Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is supervised child visitation?
  • Supervised Child Visitation can be defined as visitation limited to special situations where a third party, ordered by the court, is present with the visiting parent during the period of visitation with the child. Supervised Child Visitation may occur when there is a need to protect children because of substance abuse, child abuse or neglect, family violence, or other serious problems, or when children are getting to know a previously absent parent.

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  • Who can be a supervised child visitation provider?
  • The qualifications to be a Supervised Child Visitation Provider vary depending no whether the court orders a non-professional or professional provider. The requirements for both are listed under 'Categories of Supervised Child Visitation Providers' and the California Standards of Judicial Administration (Standard 5.20).

    Please note that who will provide the supervised visitation and the manner and terms in which supervision is provided is determined by the Judge at your court hearing, or through a stipulation of the parties.

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  • Once you leave court with an order for Supervised Child Visitation, how do you find a provider?
  • If the Court orders a professional or therapeutic provider, it is recommended that you do your research to select a provider who meets the qualifications, who follows the standards of supervised visitation and, equally important, provides a friendly, safe and fair environment and relationship for everyone in your family.

    As a public service, the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside has a Supervised Visitation Provider List available. Although the court is making this list available, the court has not and does not screen or evaluate the providers, their facilities, or the information they have provided. (Disclaimer)

    Supervised Visitation providers can be found through telephone directories, on-line inquiries, and other media publications. When selecting a supervised visitation monitor you should find someone who is the best fit for the family to provide these vital services. You could interview the providers and ask them questions about their qualifications. You could ask for a tour of the facility or the public places used to provide the services so you can determine if the provider, and the setting, is right for you and your children.

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