Volunteer Visit Monitor Training
The Family Visitation Program (FVP) is in need of volunteers to supervise visits between visiting parents and their children!
Our next Volunteer Visit Monitor Training will take place on April 24, 25, and 26th! The training will take place each evening from 5:30-8:30pm. Training topics will include neutral documentation, safety, intervention, parent coaching, child abuse and neglect, and family separation. Please sign up for the training no later than Friday, April 20, 2012.
If you are interested in volunteering please read the Volunteer Visit Monitor job description and contact Program Director Jessie Rosenberg by e-mailing, faxing, or sending the FVP Volunteer Application. Jessie can also be contacted at 828-251-6089 x19 with any questions.
FVP provides supervised visitation and safe exchange services to families with a history of domestic violence, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, mental health issues, and/or high-conflict parental situations. We are a safe and comfortable place for children to visit and form healthy relationships with their non-custodial parent(s). Custodial and non-custodial clients have no contact while using the service. Clients are referred by Family Court and the Department of Social Services.
Volunteer Visit Monitors supervise visits and exchanges. The primary goal of supervision is to ensure child safety and well-being. Volunteer Visit Monitors also have the opportunity to conduct 15 minute goal-setting sessions with visiting parents before and after each visit. Neutral observation notes are taken during all visits and exchanges.
Benefits of volunteering include:
- Gaining valuable human service experience
- Working one-on-one with parents and children
- Convenient and flexible evening hours
- Training provided in a warm, supportive environment
- No previous experience necessary
- Undergraduate & graduate internship opportunities available
Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older and willing to commit 1.5-3 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months. Our goal is to assign volunteers to families in recurring time slots to facilitate relationship building between families and volunteers. The Family Visitation Program also strives to support volunteers through bi-monthly peer supervision sessions and occasional after-work social gatherings.