Frequently Asked Questions
Below are our most frequently asked questions regarding supervised visitation and Kymari House. Please click the + sign to read the answers. If you have any further questions, please click HERE to contact us.
What is supervised visitation?
Supervised visitation is sometimes ordered by the court when parents require supervision and support during parenting time. Supervised visitation at Kymari House occurs within a secure environment, and all visits are closely monitored by highly trained professionals. Our goal is to provide a child-friendly, secure environment where children and their parents can interact in safety and without conflict.
How much does it cost?
All services at Kymari House are offered on a sliding scale basis. All families receive some level of financial assistance based on income, and our goal is that no family is ever turned away because of an inability to pay.
How long does it take to start services?
Before visitation can begin, both parties must complete a thorough intake process. In addition, a child orientation may be conducted depending on the age of the children involved. While individual circumstances may vary, the process generally takes a minimum of two weeks to complete.
Why is supervised parenting time important to children?
No matter what causes a family to fall apart, children still want and need a positive relationship with both of their parents. Research clearly indicates that children benefit from close, positive relationships with their primary caregivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), abuse and the resulting disintegration of family bonds are significant threats to children across the lifespan. These conditions are included in a group of risk factors known as Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACES. The research indicates that providing safe, stable relationships with caregivers can buffer damage to children and mitigate the impact of ACES.
What are the rules at Kymari House?
Supervised visitation at Kymari House is highly structured and designed to provide children with a stress-free environment, completely removed from the ongoing conflict in their families. With that in mind, we restrict any conversation or activity that might introduce family conflict into the visits. This structure ensures the safety and psychological well being of children while they are in our care.
Will I see the other party (parent) before, during, or after visitation?
Kymari House follows best practices and staggers the arrival and departure times for both parties; therefore, there is no contact between the parties at any time.
Will someone be present with my children at all times?
Kymari House is the only program in Tennessee that utilizes a two-tiered staffing model that provides both a monitor and a supervisor for each family. Monitors are in close physical proximity to children at all times during the visit and record objective notes of activities. At the same time, a supervisor is providing oversight to all visits occurring at our facility and acting as a back-up for monitors in case of emergencies. Most monitors and all supervisors have masters degrees in behavioral sciences, education, etc.
Can I bring food?
Kymari House has a fully functional kitchen, so parents can bring food and even prepare a meal.
Can I hug or kiss my child?
We recommend allowing the child to set the tone for hugging or kissing, based on their comfort level. There are cases in which physical contact may be restricted, such as allegations of sexual abuse or severe physical abuse. This is determined during the Intake process.
How often can I visit with my children?
The schedule and frequency may be determined by the court or DCS, but most families visit every-other weekend, every weekend, or once a month. Most visits are two hours in length.
Does Kymari House testify in court?
No. Kymari House is a neutral party, and we do not take a position for either side in legal cases . While our records are occasionally subpoenaed for court, testimony in person is not a service offered by Kymari House.
Where is Kymari House located?
Kymari House is located in Murfreesboro, TN. The exact address is provided when appointment is scheduled.
Why choose Kymari House?
Kymari House is a nationally recognized program and is the only Supervised Visitation center in Middle Tennessee. Our staff are highly trained professionals, and we operate in compliance with best practice standards established by the Supervised Visitation Network (SVNetwork.net). Kymari House offers the highest level of security and safety for children and their families.
How do I get started?
Just click HERE or the tab above that says “Get Started” to schedule your intake appointment.
Click HERE for a phone consultation.