Supervised Visitation Centers

Lower Shore Family Center

Address1: 

1001C Eastern Shore Drive

City: 

Salisbury

State: 

MD

Zip: 

21804

Contact: 

Karen R. Brimer, Family Services Coordinator for Somerset County
Anne Turner, Family Services Coordinator for Worcester County
Jim Fineran, Family Services Coordinator for Wicomico County

Phone: 

(410) 651-4618
(410)632-5638
(410)548-7107

Comments: 

The center offers a safe and neutral location for divorced or separated non-custodial parents living in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties to exchange or visit their children and to rebuild a healthy parent-child relationship. The purpose is to supervise and objectively report back to the referring judge. Handicapped accessible.

Referral Sources - Order of the Court for the Tri-County area and Department of Social Services

Staff - Master level licensed professional to serve as Program Director and visitation coordinator, Level 1 licensed professional staff person and a law enforcement professional (off duty ) - all paid positions. Background checks and additional training will be conducted for all staff.

Liability - Insurance and other liability issues (professional liability) will be covered under Life Crisis, Inc.

Program Funding - Family Services for the Circuit Courts of Somerset, Wicomico & Worcester Counties, Department of Social Services, Life Crisis Center, Inc., Local Management Boards of the Tri-County area, and grants.

Specific Guidelines

  • Procedures and rules for the family should initially be strict, it is easier to lessen restrictions then increase.
  • In-take assessment process is completed before the services are utilized; driver’s license number, employment, medical problems, photos, family history and release form are signed should an agency need information (ex. D.S.S., Court, attorney).
  • Separate space is needed for a waiting parent and a visiting parent but time can separate if space is limited.
  • The following procedure is used for Monitored Exchange:
    • Non-custodial parent arrives 15 minutes early
    • Custodial parent brings children at designated time
    • Both parents sign in at different times and areas
    • Custodial parent will give any necessary information the non-custodial parent should know regarding medications, school, etc.
    • Transport down the hall to non-custodial parent, custodial parent can leave
    • 15 minutes must lapse before the non-custodial parent can leave with the child/ren
    • The process is reversed for pick-up
    • Observations are recorded
  • The following procedure is used for Supervised Visitation:
    • Non-custodial parent arrives 15 minutes early and is assigned to a room for the visit
    • Custodial parent brings child/ren at designated time
    • Both parents sign in at different times and areas
    • Children and staff member go to the assigned room to visit with non-custodial parent for designated time
    • Staff member facilitates activities for the first half of the session and “relaxed” time for the last half of the visit
    • Observations are recorded
  • If any member of the staff suspects drug and/or alcohol use prior to the visit or exchange, the visit will be canceled and notification will be sent to the referring agency. No inappropriate behavior will be tolerated. No further visits will be arranged once visitation has been terminated.
  • A maximum of 2 hours per visit, unless, otherwise specified by the Program Director. If at any time a Center staff member determines the visit should be stopped, he/she is empowered by the Courts to do so.
  • The Managing Director will be responsible for the staff, scheduling, reporting and general programmatic issues.
  • There will be NO exchange of any material that has not been approved by the Center. For example, no money, candy or notes will be exchanged. Presents are allowed on specific gift giving days only. These gifts must be unwrapped and approved by the Center prior to your visit. Gifts will leave the Center with Child.
  • A staff member will be present at all times and will accompany the child to the bathroom if needed.
  • Court cases may not be discussed at the visit with the child/ren or any staff member.
  • Promises or talk of future visits will not be allowed.
  • No smoking is allowed in the library or the Visitation Center. No one will be permitted to leave the building to smoke once the supervised visitation is taking place.
  • It will be the responsibility of the parties to contact the Program Director to find out if the Center is closed due to weather. A doctor’s excuse is expected when a visit does not take place.
  • There will be NO provoking, fighting with, swearing at, or physically disciplining the child/ren. If this behavior occurs, the visit will end and the offending person will be asked to leave.
  • If required for continuity of care, a release of information form will be available.
  • Contact Program Director of LSFC, at Life Crisis, Inc. - 410-749-0771 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday only. For cancellations only, call 410-749-HELP(4357) hotline.
  • The Center WILL NOT make exceptions to the rules and regulations.
  • Interpreters for the hearing impaired will be arranged by the referring agency.
  • Please consider your child’s feeding schedule before the visit occurs.
  • All staff members of the program can submit a written evaluation in lieu of a court appearance.

 

Hours: 

Every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Supervised Visitation/Monitored Exchange; Friday from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.- Supervised Visitation/Monitored Exchange Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Supervised Visitation Sunday from 1 p.m. -4:30 p.m. -

Cost: 

Supervised Visitation - $20.00 per visit, paid by the visiting parent Monitored Exchange - $5.00 per exchange, paid by the visiting parent Same Day Exchange (no overnight) - $4.00 per exchange, paid by the visiting parent. Payment is due when the child is
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