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8236 Supervised Visitation Services

CPS November 2006

Supervised visitation services may be authorized when visits between a child and his or her parents or other caregivers are required. 

8236.1 Determining Eligibility

CPS November 2006

Parents and children are eligible for supervised visitation when the child is in the managing conservatorship of DFPS, and:

  •  CPS workers determine that the service is needed; or

  •  CPS requests the opinion and possible testimony of a trained third party regarding the parent-child relationship, or 

  •  The service is court-ordered.

8236.2 Contracted Supervised Visitation

CPS November 2006

The supervised visitation services available by contract must include:

  •  Observation of the parent's or caregiver's interaction with the child during a visit, including but not limited to:

  •  behavior management and alternatives to physical discipline;

  •  the parent-child relationship, including attachment and communication skills;

  •  nurturance of children; and

  •  the child's reaction to the parent or caregiver.

  •  Preparation of notes about the visit;

  •  Contact with the child's worker about the visit (at least monthly);

  •  Appear in court to provide testimony when needed; and

  •  Participation in staffings for case planning, as needed.

8236.3 Referring Clients

CPS November 2006

For complete referral instructions, see:

8161.1 Active Cases — Authorizing, Extending, or Terminating Direct Services

8236. Using IMPACT

CPS November 2006

To authorize services, workers must enter the following details into the IMPACT case management system:

Supervised Visitation Services








Court Ordr Sup Visitation

Unit of Service


Service Code


When IMPACT is Unavailable

If the IMPACT case management system is not functioning or the worker is otherwise unable to access it, the worker may authorize supervised visitation by submitting a paper copy of Form 2054, Service Authorization.

For complete instructions, see: 

8164 Manual Authorization — Submitting a Paper Form

8236.5 Handling Additional Duties

CPS November 2006

The worker reviews the provider's visit notes and maintains contact with the provider. The provider prepares and files visit notes, and initiates monthly contact with the worker.

8236.6 Adding, Extending, Reauthorizing, or Terminating Services

CPS November 2006

To authorize additional units of service, or extend or reauthorize the service, see:

8161.1 Active Cases — Authorizing, Extending, or Terminating Direct Services

If the service is being terminated before the end date on Form 2054 Service Authorization, see:

8161.1 Active Cases — Authorizing, Extending, or Terminating Direct Services and

8162 Support Services — Authorizing, Extending, or Terminating

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