The Bellevue Family Visitation Center offers a neutral atmosphere that is family-friendly, safe, and comfortable for children spending time with their parents and/or siblings during what can often be a very difficult and unhappy time.
What is supervised visitation?
Supervised visitation provides parents, under the supervision of a trained worker or other approved individual, the opportunity to both parent and bond with children who have been removed from their care. The visit supervisor transports children between placements and the visitation location and remains in the presence of parents and children at all times to monitor all interactions and conversations.
What is the purpose of supervised visitation?
Supervised visitation programs provide an opportunity for nonresidential parents to maintain contact with their children in a safe and neutral setting. Supervised visits also exist to:
- Prevent child abuse
- Reduce the potential for harm to victims of domestic violence and their children
- Enable an ongoing relationship between the noncustodial parent and child
- Facilitate appropriate child/parent interaction during supervised contact
- Help build safe and healthy relationships between parents and children
- Provide written factual information to the court regarding supervised contact, where appropriate
- Reduce the risk of parental kidnapping
- Assist parents with juvenile dependency case plan compliance
- Facilitate reunification, where appropriate
What are the benefits of supervised visitation?
Research identifies the following as benefits that can result from parent-child visitation:
- Supports parent-child attachment
- Eases the pain of separation for all involved
- Maintains and strengthens family relationships
- Reassures a child that their parent(s) is/are alright and helps the child to eliminate self-blame for placement
- Supports the family in dealing with changing relationships
- Enhances parent motivation to change by providing reassurance that the parent-child relationship is important for a child’s well-being
- Reduces the child’s time in out of home care
- Increases the likelihood of reunification
How many families use the Bellevue Family Visitation Center?
Our center has served approximately 35 families in the first year of operation at our center. We look forward to serving many more families in the future!
What are the hours?
We are open everyday 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M, based upon availability.
What is the cancellation policy?
Call and cancel your visitation time as soon as you know the visit has been cancelled.
Our policy states that (3) consecutive no call/no shows will result in cancellation of all future visits for the particular family.
The Bellevue Family Visitation Center Staff and/or Volunteers are mandated reporters. State law requires any person who suspects that a child has been physically or sexually abused or neglected to report it promptly to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Adult and Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline 1-800-652-1999
Who do I contact for more information regarding scheduling a supervised visit?
Tara DeBartolo firstname.lastname@example.org 402-933-6616