Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for supervised access?
All referrals are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. If space is not available, you will be placed on a waiting list and contacted as soon as space becomes available.
If you do not have a lawyer, then a self-referral may be acceptable if both parties provide a signed agreement. To discuss your suitability for a self-referral, contact our office at 613-542-8533.
Each referral is subject to acceptance by the program
Each party must attend an intake interview to determine suitability
Upon acceptance into the program a monthly user fee is required
We reserve the right to restrict or limit program use
Individuals wishing to use our services must call to request an intake interview. Individual intake appointments will be made for each party requesting service. The intake can take up to 45 minutes and includes a tour of our facility. The court order will be followed as closely as possible according to the availability of staff and facility hours.
What do I need to bring to an intake appointment?
The following documentation is required:
health card or driver's license
health card for child participants
make, model and license plate of vehicle
emergency contact information
court documents pertaining to access (ie. court orders, minutes of settlement)
documentation specifying Children's Aid Society involvement
probation orders, bail conditions, peace bonds, restraining orders
preferred schedule availability
Are there user fees?
Yes, there is a user fee for each party which is paid on a monthly basis. Each party is required to pay his or her own fee unless ordered otherwise by the court or as agreed upon by the Coordinator and each party. Details regarding these fees can be discussed with the Coordinator during the intake process.
How often are fees due?
The monthly user fee is due on or before the first visit or exchange of that month. Receipt of payment will be provided.
What if I cannot afford to pay the user fee?
Submit your request in writing to the attention of the Program Coordinator and your situation will be reviewed.
Who supervises the visits?
Visits and exchanges are supervised by our staff and volunteers. In addition to specific training for our program, our staff and volunteers have a relevant educational background such as a diploma in social services or early childhood education, or a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, sociology, crime and deviance, social work or human resources.
Does the access centre ever deny service?
Yes, our program reserves the right to refuse, cancel, or terminate visits if any of the following occurs:
A violation of the service agreement
Parties decide to withdraw from our program for their own reasons
Concern for the safety and well-being of participants, staff and volunteers of the Centre
A residential parent requires supervision
Children are in the care of the Children's Aid Society
A Children's Aid Society conducts an investigation; once initial investigation is complete service may resume on a case by case basis.
Parties do not agree to the terms/type of access
What if I require an interpreter?
Our program offers services in French. If an interpreter is required, arrangements can be made by contacting our main office at 613-542-8533.
What if the residential party moves farther from his/her assigned access centre?
The party can easily request a transfer to another location of our program. Please note that a transfer is subject to available space and parties may be required to participate in an additional intake interview.
What if there is a restraining order against me or the other party?
Our program schedules the arrival and departure of both parties 15 minutes apart from each other. The non-residential party must arrive first (15 minutes before the residential party). No one, including individuals providing transportation to the Centre should be waiting in the parking lot outside of their designated arrival times.
In cases where there are bail conditions restricting contact between parties and/or the children, the Centre may still consider to provide services if there is a family court order that allows for exceptions to these conditions for the purpose of supervised access.
What items are not allowed in the access centre?
Nuts and peanut products, recording devices (ie. cell phones, video cameras, tape recorders, laptop/computers) burned DVD's or open electronics, weapons, toys such as toy guns, matches, and other items deemed inappropriate by the Centre.
EXCEPTION: Digital cameras are allowed, however they are operated by staff during the visit.
How do I request a summary of the observation notes?
Submit your request in writing and allow the program up to four weeks to prepare the documents for you. When a party requests copies of the observation reports, it is our policy to provide the reports to the other party at the same time. The person who makes the request pays for the report.
Is there a fee for observation reports?
Yes, $150.00 to 250.00 depending on the length of the report.
What happens if I have to cancel a visit?
It is your responsibility to inform the Centre as soon as possible. Repeated cancellations or tardiness may result in a fee and you will be contacted by the Coordinator to determine if visits should continue. A "no show" results in a non-negotiable charge of $25.00.
Are services provided in French?
Yes, services are provided in French. In the event a bilingual staff is not available to monitor your visit, the Centre will make arrangements for an interpreter. Forms and documents are available in French. The Supervised Access Centre is in the process of developing a bilingual website.