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How to Arrange Supervised Access

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How to apply for the supervised access program

Referrals can be made through your lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer, then a self-referral is acceptable. We require a copy of the court order or signed separation agreement which specifies the conditions of access such as, times, dates, and frequency of the visits. We ask that both parties provide proof of court orders. We also accept referrals from family members who are caregivers. We require the contact numbers for both parties in order to schedule intake interviews.

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When making a referral, please include the following:

1) A copy of the court order which specifies the terms and conditions of access (times, dates, and frequency of the visits)
2) Copies of affidavits (from court files representing both parties) in relation to custody and access
3) Any social work or psychological assessments
4) A copy of a CAS letter indicating involvement
5) A copy of the bail condition, if applicable

Conditions for acceptance into the program

• Each referral is subject to acceptance by the program
• Each parent must attend an intake interview to determine suitability
• A process fee of $35.00 is required at the intake interview from each  party.
• Upon acceptance into the program, a user fee of $45 is required from each party.

Who can make a referral?

• The Courts
• Lawyers for either party
• The Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL)
• Self-referral or provided with a court order.

 

Requirements

Parties or their lawyers must provide our program with a copy of the court order which specifies the terms and conditions of access (times, dates, and frequency of the visits). Both parties are required to contact our program in order to book his or her own intake interview.
What do custodial parties need to bring when attending the intake interview?

As the custodial party (the parent or guardian with custody of the children) you are required to bring the following to your intake interview:
• Your full address
• Names and telephone numbers of two of your friends or relatives so we can contact them in case of an emergency
• Your child’s picture
• A picture of yourself
• Your child’s physician’s or pediatrician’s name and phone number
• Your child’s health card number
• All assessments and affidavits with regards to custody and access
• $45 non-refundable application processing fee. There is also a user fee of $50 on acceptance in the program.

This should be paid after your acceptance to the program, but must be paid prior to the first visit.

What do non-custodial parties need to bring when attending the intake interview?

As an access parent you are required to bring the following to your intake interview:
• Your full address
• Names and telephone numbers of two of your friends or relatives so we can contact them in case of an emergency
• Your picture
• All assessments and affidavits with regards to custody and access
•$45 non-refundable application processing fee. There is also a yearly user fee. This should be paid after your acceptance to the program but must be paid prior to the first visit.

Who conducts the intake interview?

Side by Side Services provides a safe environment for children to have contact with their parent or family member they do not live with due to safety or well being concerns. The Service is delivered in a safe neutral environment supervised by a trained facilitator.  The intake interview is conducted by our staff who are highly skilled and knowledgeable on the needs of family.

Referral

  • Family Court
  • Social Worker
  • Family member

Pre-access meeting with parties involved

  • Set access rules and guidelines
  • Outline schedule of access
  • Ensure child and parent are aware of the rules for their safety and well-being.

Following access:

  • Report provided by supervisor at regular, pre-arranged intervals to social worker
  • Debrief with caregiver/parent of child

Termination of access

Supervisor and other involved parties agree on termination of access if:

  • Child continues to show distress or is uncomfortable with the arrangement
  • Person having the access visit does not comply with rules and guidelines

 

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