Why Supervised Visits? 

Third-person visitation arrangement is often called "supervised visitation" for many reasons, like:

  • To give the visiting parent a chance to address specific issues,
  • To help reintroduce a parent after a long absence
  • To help introduce a parent and a child when there has been no existing relationship between the parent and child,
  • When there is a history or allegations of domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect, or substance abuse,
  • When there are parenting concerns or mental illness; or
  • When there is a parental threat of abduction.

The court order will specify the time and duration of the visits. Sometimes, the court order will also specify who the provider is to be and where the visits are to take place.

Who is a Supervised Provider?

There are three types of supervised visitation providers:

  • The non-professional provider,
  • The professional provider,
  • The therapeutic provider.

The professional and therapeutic providers usually charge a fee for services and are experienced and trained to provide supervised visitation services. The non-professional provider is usually a family member or friend who does not provide supervised visitation services. Your court order will usually say which type of provider you have to use to supervise these visits.

How can I find a Supervised Provider?

Family Court Services maintains a current roster of Supervised Access Providers for our area.
208-236-7416 / lacyp@bannockcounty.us

Sample Order- Supervised Access

Financial Assistance is offered to eligible parties and can help offset the costs of Supervised Visits with a professional provider. 


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