According to Saini, Van Wert, and Gofman (2011), “supervised visitation occurs when the parent-child relationship is strained in some way, and is established to facilitate contact between parents and their children.” This is typically accomplished by providing a safe environment with trained professional to monitor each visitation session. Society for the Protection and Care of Children (SPCC) is the only Supervised Visitation Network approved cite in the Rochester area and reports that they have a wait list of up to one year. As a result, the relationships between the noncustodial parents and their child(ren) become strained when lengthy wait times impede upon the noncustodial parents’ ability to maintain meaningful bonds with their child(ren) and vice versa. This exploratory study investigated to weather providing fee for service supervised visitation had the potential to reduce the time non-custodial parents spend on the supervised visitation wait lists. Researchers conducted a mixed-method study that used a concurrent transformative approach guided by Grounded Theory. A bivariate analysis was used for the Quantitative data collected. The research sample was comprised of current non-custodial parents involved with SPCC’s Supervised Visitation Program through a Family Court referral.
Poster Presentation These students are enrolled in the GRC MSW, a collaborative program between The College at Brockport and Nazareth College of Rochester.