“When I first came to your program, I was very angry. I was a beaten down, broken shell of a man. Angry with the court system and left heart broken by my daughter who was the center of my universe, I became numb and nothing mattered to me anymore. I hadn’t had one holiday, birthday, or overnight visit with my children in four years. But through your program, I was allowed to spend an hour with my son. My daughter never came even though I begged to see her. But my son Frankie and I always had such a great time within that hour. For that, on behalf of my son and I, I wanted to extend our most deepest appreciation of you, your staff, and most importantly, the program.” – F.M.
Supervised Visitation provides supervision for visits between parents and children when the court feels that unsupervised access may be dangerous and harmful to the child. Families are directed to the program through a court order. After an intake and orientation process, a visiting schedule is determined. Non-custodial parents and their child(ren) generally visit once per week for an hour at EAC facilities. Off-site supervision is also available if directed by the court. Program staff monitors visits and provide reports to the court on the progress of visits.
Parents also receive help in improving parenting skills, learning appropriate play behavior and help in developing positive relationships with their children. Visiting hours are scheduled for evenings and weekends, at a convenient location in Ronkonkoma. There is a sliding scale fee for services which supplements grant income.