SVN is a multi-national non-profit membership organization that is literally a network of agencies and individuals who are interested in assuring that children can have safe, conflict-free access to parents with whom they do not reside. Some of the children who need these services live in foster homes or with relatives. Some live with one parent who is estranged from the other.
Members of SVN may be:
- Law makers and government employees
- Private and non-profit providers of child access services
- Providers of domestic violence services
- Providers of other family services
- Social workers
Board of Directors
The Network is governed by a board of fifteen SVN members. By-laws require that a minimum of 2 board members be elected from each of 5 geographical regions. Elected at the Annual General Meeting in the spring, directors serve three year terms. Learn more about the current Board of Directors.
VisionThe Supervised Visitation Network champions a world in which all vulnerable families have access to safe and quality visitation services.
Mission Statement: The Supervised Visitation Network is an international membership network that establishes standards, promotes education and advances professionalism in the field of supervised visitation.
- To develop and disseminate standards for practice of child access services.
- To maintain a directory of supervised child access providers.
- To provide public education regarding the importance of children having safe, conflict-free contact with both parents and other family members.
- To provide public education regarding the role of child access programs in the continuum of services for divorced and separated families and for children in out-of-home placement.
- To collect and make available research relevant to safe child access.
- To gather and disseminate training and program materials for child access providers.
- To provide professional conferences and forums for networking and sharing of information.
- To educate public and private decision-makers regarding the importance of funding for child access services and provide information on funding to courts and service providers.
Our members throughout the world provide direct services to children and their families designed to keep families in safe contact.
We help families find services that are convenient to them and will meet their needs by maintaining a directory of services nationwide. We receive many calls from parents, attorneys, social workers, judges, and others looking for services in their area. Our goal is to have a comprehensive directory so services can easily be found by the families that need them. You can access this directory by clicking on the Directory of Providers link in the navigation bar.
We collect and disseminate research information relevant to safe child access and provide public education regarding the importance of children having access to their parents.
We work to improve the quality of services. This is accomplished in several ways:
- We develop and disseminate standards for practice.
- We provide opportunities for members to network with each other and exchange information that will help them in their practice.
- We hold an annual Conference that provides outstanding training for service providers.
- We disseminate resources and helpful information to members through our Newsletter and on our web site.
- We maintain a library of training and program materials.
- We encourage the development of new programs in under-served areas and provide support through our members for new and developing programs.
- We share information with each other about funding sources that will help provide affordable services.