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.

Training Module: Understanding Supervised Visitation and Supervised Exchange Services in the State of California©
This is an introductory course with practical information for parents, the courts, providers of supervised visitation and exchange services, and other multidisciplinary professionals regarding the role and duties of [a] provider of supervised visitation and exchange services in the state of California. The E-learning Module is divided into Five parts: Overview of supervised visitation and exchange services; discussion of the role of the provider—both professional and nonprofessional providers; outlines legal duties and obligations of a provider; and includes an FAQ, and resources for parents and providers. Complete Parts 1, 2, 4, and pass Part 4 Quiz—you must pass with a score of 80% or higher to earn .75 hours of education credit.

Learning Objectives – Participants will be able to:

  • Define the various terms for supervised visitation and exchange processes;
  • Identify key requirements for both nonprofessional and professional providers; and
  • Learn best practices for the operation of supervised visitation and exchange services for family law cases.

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.

California’s Access to Visitation Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP) for Fiscal Years 2021-2022 through 2023-2024

Subject to the availability of federal funds, the Judicial Council of California, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Access to Visitation Grant Program, is inviting the superior courts to respond to the Requests-for-Proposals (RFP) and Grant Application for fiscal years 2021–2022 through 2023–2024 funding to support and facilitate noncustodial parents access to and visitation with their children through the three program service areas of supervised visitation and exchange services, education, and group counseling programs. The Access to Visitation Grant Program seeks to ensure accessible and available services statewide for low-income families with children whose custody and visitation issues are now or have been before the family courts.

Amount of Funds Available
Subject to the availability of federal funding, the Judicial Council of California, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, announces the availability of funding for California’s Access to Visitation Grant Program fiscal year funding period 2021–22 through fiscal years 2023–24—three years of funding. Subject to the availability of federal funding, the amount of grant funds to be awarded to courts statewide is approximately $755,000 to $770,000 each year. Grant recipients will be required to provide a 20 percent (non-federal) matching requirement. All superior courts in California are eligible to apply for these federal funds. For a list of courts and grant amount eligibility, see Attachment D in the grant application. Given the limitations of these grant funds, the Judicial Council will not be able to meet the total budget requests for funding under this RFP grant application. 

Due Dates:

  1. Grant Applicant Webinars: August 13, and August 26, 2020. (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., September 1, 2020.
  3. RFP Grant Application Proposal: Completed applications from interested courts must be received by e-mail in PDF file format by 5 p.m., Tuesday, September 29, 2020. 

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 dates or select just one to attend. Sign up to register here. (After submitting the SurveyMonkey, webinar Log-in-Instructions will be sent by email to participants after they register with WebEx. Once your registration is approved, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.)

  • Thursday, August 13, 2020, from 10:00–11:30 a.m.; and 3:00–4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 26, 2020, from 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; and 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Request For Proposal (RFP) Materials

  1. California Access to Visitation RFP grant instructions; and
  2. California Access to Visitation RFP fillable application - Updated August 12, 2020; and
  3. California Access to Visitation RFP Letter of Intent; and
  4. California Access to Visitation RFP Attachment C: Court/Subcontractor Budget Form (excel) - Updated August 27, 2020

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

 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 4/2020
 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 4/2020
 Attachment 15  Request for Contract Budget Revision (Excel) and Sample Letter for Budget Revision Request, revised 5/2019
 Attachment 16  Budget Forms, revised 2020
 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
Attachment 22  Activity Log

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.

California’s Access to Visitation Grant Program (Federal Fiscal Years 2014–2016): 2016 Report to the Legislature
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

Research & Publication

Supervised Visitation - An Annotated Bibliography

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

Supervised Visitation and You (English)

Supervised Visitation and You (Spanish)

Supervised Visitation Services in California

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.

Summary of Assembly Bill 1674

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.

2020 Virtual Classroom Instruction Standard 5.20 / Family Code section 3200.5 Training (during COVID-19).

Registration fee is $100.00 and Registration links are below.
August 17 report writing: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WebExAugust17reportwriting
August 18-19 (Solvang only): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WebExSantaBarbara2020
August 28 CASVSP Listening and Discussion Session: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CASVSPAugust2020session
August 24-25 standards training via WebEx (open to all providers): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WebExAugust24-25all
September 14-15 standards training via WebEx (SoCal only attendees): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WebExSept14-15SoCal
September 28-29 standards training via WebEx (Northern only attendees): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WebExSept28-29Northern
October 22-23 standards training via WebEx (SoCal only attendees): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WebExOct22-23SoCal
October 28-29 standards training via WebEx (Northern only attendees): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WebExOct28-29Northern
November 9-10 standards training via WebEx (SoCal only attendees): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WebExNov9-10SoCal
November 19 and November 23 standards training via WebEx (Northern only attendees): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WebExNov20and23Northern
December 14-15 standards training via WebEx (open to all): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WebExDecember2020forall

2020 Advanced Skills Training: Cancelled due to COVID-19.