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Supervised Visitation by CASA Volunteers

Although the National CASA Association has no formal policy prohibiting its member programs from providing supervised visitation services, it has long been our belief that good advocacy practice is to avoid having volunteers supervise visitations—though they can certainly observe them. This is based on several considerations, including the safety issues involved, the need for specialized training and the potential conflict that could arise when a volunteer has to make recommendations to the court based partly on the effectiveness of a service that the CASA program itself provided to the child or family. Supervised visitation standards emphasize that the provider of the service should not perform evaluations or make recommendations—which the CASA volunteer would be required to do in fulfillment of the court appointed advocacy role.

See Supervised Visitation Network, Standards and Guidelines for Supervised Visitation Practice 2003-2004, section 5.3 http://www.svnetwork.net/standards.asp

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