Access to Visitation

Access to Visitation Grant Program

The Judicial Council is charged with administering and distributing California's share of the federal Child Access and Visitation Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement.

These grants, established under section 391 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Pub.L. 104–193, 110 Stat. 2258)—title III, section 469B of the Social Security Act—enable states to establish and administer programs that support and facilitate noncustodial parents' access to and visitation with their children.

The use of the funds in California is limited by state statute to three types of programs:

  • Supervised visitation and exchange services;
  • Education about protecting children during family disruption; and
  • Group counseling services for parents and children.


Background

Program Administration
The Judicial Council is charged with administering the federal Child Access and Visitation Grant Program. The grant program also receives guidance from the Judicial Council’s Executive and Planning Committee and the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee, the state Legislature, and the federal Administration for Children and Families. The Center for Families, Children & the Courts (CFCC) has primary responsibility for administering and managing the grant program.

Eligibility
Under California’s Access to Visitation Grant Program, grant funding is awarded to the family law division of the superior courts through a statewide request-for-proposals grant application process. Applicants are strongly encouraged to involve multiple courts and counties in their proposed programs and to designate one court as the lead or administering court. While the superior courts may contract with local community-based nonprofit agencies to provide the direct services on behalf of the court, contract agreements are made only with the designated superior court. Grant funds may be used to expand or augment existing programs but funds may not be used to supplant existing funding for those programs.

Program Monitoring
States are required to monitor, evaluate, and report on programs funded through the grant—on an annual basis—in accordance with regulations prescribed the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (45 C.F.R. 303.109). California’s Access to Visitation Grant Program monitoring of grantee programs draws on multiple sources and methods, with feedback from the courts, clients, community stakeholders, and service providers at the local, regional, and state levels. Methods also include site visits, questionnaires, focus group and roundtable meetings, and data collection and document analysis. Many of the grantees use client feedback surveys and questionnaires to assess their own service delivery. Additionally, grant recipients are required to submit monthly statistical data reports and quarterly progress summary reports.

RFP Information

California’s Access to Visitation Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP) for Fiscal Years 2018-2019 through 2020-2021

Subject to the availability of federal funds, the Judicial Council of California, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children & the Courts (CFCC), is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds for California’s Access to Visitation Grant Program for the funding period of fiscal years 2018–2019 through 2020–2021.

The Judicial Council approved the new funding methodology under “California’s Access to Visitation Grant Program” in fiscal year 2015–2016, by which this program of the Judicial Council’s Center for Families, Children & the Courts was directed to release an open, competitive request for proposals (RFP) grant application for the superior courts to apply for federal grant funding. The council also directed that courts selected for grant funding would receive continuation grant funding for three years (from AV funding periods fiscal years 2018–2019 through 2020–2021). The RFP process will open up again in federal fiscal year 2018–2019 for another three-year period, with a permanent open RFP process repeating every three years and grant funding provided to the selected courts for a three-year period. Subject to the availability of federal funds, approximately $755,000 to $770,000 will be awarded statewide.

DUE DATES: 

  1. Grant Applicant Webinars: June 29, 2017 and July 7, 2017.  (See RFP grant application)
  2. Letter of Intent: Courts interested in applying for grant funding should submit a nonbinding Letter of Intent by e-mail to shelly.labotte@jud.ca.gov, by 5 p.m., July 14, 2017.
  3. RFP Grant Application Proposal: Completed applications from interested courts must be received by e-mail in PDF file format and by postal mail delivery by 5 p.m., Monday, August 7, 2017.

Judicial Council program staff will offer two grant applicant Webinars for interested applicants (See RFP application). Courts and interested community-based justice partners will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding the RFP and its requirements. Participants may attend both webinar session or select one only. Webinar Log-in-Instructions will be sent by email to participants. REGISTER FOR GRANT APPLICANT WEBINAR

  • Thursday, June 29, 2017,  from 9:30–11:30 a.m., and
  • Friday, July 7, 2017, from 1:30–3:30 p.m.

RFP MATERIALS

  1. Memo Invitation to Apply (pdf)
  2. RFP Grant Application (pdf)
  3. Abridged Version Proposal Narrative, Section 7.0v2 (updated word doc)
  4. RFP Appendices A—E 

Appendix A (Letter of Intent);
Appendix B (RFP Grant Application Cover Page);  
Appendix C (Parent Education and Group Counseling Form);
Appendix D (Program Logic Model); and
Appendix E (Court/Subcontractor Budget Form)

  1. Appendix F—RFP Budget Instructions and Sample Budget Forms
  2. Appendix G—List of Courts and Grant Amount Eligibility

QUESTIONS: Please send questions or inquires about the RFP grant application process or the grant program to Shelly La Botte, shelly.labotte@jud.ca.gov.

RFP Application Questions and Answers

RFP Grant Applicants Questions and Responses from RFP Grant Applicant Webinar

Contract - Exhibit E Forms

 FORM  TITLE

 Attachment 1

 Acceptance and Sign-off Form (PDF), revised 4/2010
 Attachment 2  Time Sheet (Excel)
 Attachment 3  Payroll Summary (Excel)
 Attachment 4  Invoice (Excel)
 Attachment 5  Matching Form (Excel), revised 10/2007
 Attachment 6  Bi-annual Summary Progress  Reporting Form, revised 7/2017
 Attachment 7  Initial Entry Form, revised 12/2009
 Attachment 8  Session Summary Information: Parent Education and Group Counseling, revised 11/2003
 Attachment 9  Log Form: Parent Education and Group Counseling, revised 11/2003
 Attachment 10  Log Form: Supervised Visitation and Exchange Services (Pickup-Drop-off), revised 12/2009
 Attachment 11  Parent Outcome Survey, revised 10/2004
 Attachment 12 Certifications Regarding Lobbying; Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters; and Drug-free Workplace Requirements (PDF), revised 10/2007
 Attachment 13  Assurances - Non-Construction Programs
 Attachment 14  Compliance Statement Regarding Uniform Standards of Practice for Providers of Supervised Visitation. revised 7/2017
 Attachment 15  Request for Contract Budget Revision (Excel) and Sample Letter for Budget Revision Request, revised 10/2007
 Attachment 16  Budget Forms, revised 2017
 Attachment 17  Program Income Questionnaire, revised 5/2015
 Attachment 18  Expenditures Line Item Summary, revised 3/2011
 Attachment 19  Travel Expense Claim (TEC)
 Attachment 20  Leave Earn Report
Attachment 21  Proof of Subcontractor

Publications and Reports

Legislative Reports

Report to the Legislature on the programs funded and whether and to what extent those programs are achieving the goal of promoting and encouraging healthy parent and child relationships between non-custodial or joint custodial parents and their children while ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of children, and other goals described in this chapter.

Legislative Report 1
California's Access to Visitation Grant Program for Enhancing Responsibility and Opportunity for Nonresidential Parents-The First Five Years: Report to the Legislature 
(March 2002).

Legislative Report 2
A Report to the California Legislature: California's Access to Visitation Grant Program for Enhancing Responsibility and Opportunity for Nonresidential Parents Fiscal Year 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 (February 28, 2003).

Legislative Report 3
California's Access to Visitation Grant Program: Fiscal Year 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 (March 2004).

Legislative Report 4
California's Access to Visitation Grant Program: Fiscal Years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 (March 2005).

Legislative Report 5
California's Access to Visitation Grant Program: Fiscal Years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 (March 2006).

Legislative Report 6
California's Access to Visitation Program: Fiscal Year 2005-2006 (July 2007).

Legislative Report 7
Ten Years of Access to Visitation Grant Program Services (Fiscal Years 1997-2007) (March 2008).

Legislative Report 8
California's Access to Visitation Grant Program (Fiscal Year 2009-2010) (March 2010).

Legislative Report 9
California’s Access to Visitation Grant Program for Fiscal Years 2010–2011 and 2011–2012  (March 2012)

Legislative Report 10
California’s Access to Visitation Grant Program (Fiscal Years 2012–2013 and 2013–2014), as required by Government Code section 9795  (March)

Research & Publication

Supervised Visitation - An Annotated Bibliography

A Guide for the Non-Professional Provider of Supervised Visitation (English)

A Guide for the Non-Professional Provider of Supervised Visitation (Spanish)

Supervised Visitation and You (English)

Supervised Visitation and You (Spanish)

Supervised Visitation Services in California

California's Access to Visitation Grant Program - Directory of Supervised Visitation Agencies

Standard 5.20 and Family Code Section 3200.5

Standard 5.20
In 1998, the Judicial Council adopted standards for supervised visitation providers. Family Code section 3200 defines the term “provider” as including any individual or supervised visitation center that monitors visitation. Supervised visitation contact is contact between a noncustodial party and one or more children in the presence of a neutral third person.

All supervised visitation and exchange programs funded by California’s Access to Visitation Grant Program must comply with all requirements of the Uniform Standards of Practice for Providers of Supervised Visitation as set forth in Standard 5.20 of the California Standards of Judicial Administration.

Family Code section 3200.5
Effective January 1, 2013, Assembly Bill 1674 (Stats. 2012, ch. 692) added Section 3200.5 to the Family Code, relating to qualifications and training for supervised visitation providers. Family Code section 3200.5(a) requires that any standards for supervised visitation providers adopted by the Judicial Council to conform to the new provisions of  the bill (i.e., Standard 5.20 of the California Standards of Judicial Administration). In 1997, Family Code section 3200 required the Judicial Council to develop standards for supervised visitation providers. The Judicial Council adopted, effective January 1, 1998, the Uniform Standards of Practice for Providers of Supervised Visitation as section 26.2 of the California Standards of Judicial Administration. Section 26.2 was changed (superseded), effective January 1, 2007, and became Standard 5.20. Family Code section 3200.5 codified, in part, some of the existing provisions under Standard 5.20 of the California Standards of Judicial Administration.

Training Information

California Standard 5.20 and Family Code section 3200.5 Training: Understanding the Uniform Standards of Practice for Providers of Supervised Visitation

The Standard 5.20/FC section 3200.5 training will provide multidisciplinary professionals with a framework for comprehending, conceptualizing, and developing policies and best practice requirements to assist with implementation of Standard 5.20. This training can enhance ethical professionalism, quality of service delivery, and provider’s accountability for best practices.

Participants will learn:

  • Required duties and obligations as a professional supervised visitation provider;
  • Key requirements and concepts of Standard 5.20;
  • Five key approaches in thinking about (and understanding) the general role of a provider;
  • Steps to consider for decision-making process;
  • Strategies for balancing neutrality; and
  • Best practice considerations for documentation and writing visitation reports;

Questions: Shelly La Botte

Training Date:  July 26 - 28, 2017

  • Location:  2860 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 400 (Veranda Rooms), Sacramento, California 95833
  • The training will be free for attendees.  First come, first served.
  • Register here.

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