Family

Child Exchange & Visit Center Volunteer

A Child Exchange and Visitation Center (CEVC) Volunteer is a trained citizen who is appointed by the Judge to represent the best interests of a child in court.

CEVC Volunteers are individuals who express a genuine concern for the welfare of children. The ability to communicate, in both written and verbal forms, is a strong factor for consideration.

Volunteers must have no record of confirmed involvement of child abuse or neglect or conviction of a felony crime.

To avoid a conflict of interest, no volunteer shall be certified if he or she is currently employed by the Juvenile Division of the District Court, the Youth Services of DCF, or the contracting foster care agency. No Volunteer may be assigned to a specific case if he or she is connected to the family in a professional capacity or in a close personal relationship.

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Attend all required pre-services training sessions.

  • Attend all in-service requirements on an annual basis.

  • Serve at least one year following pre-service training.

  • Application, references, and interview must indicate the abilities to be objective, to function professionally, and to show concern for the welfare of children as the primary motive to be a CEVC Volunteer.

  • Must respect confidentiality of all parties.

  • Must be able to successfully complete screening of NCIC fingerprint check and the DCF Child Abuse registry.

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  • Maintain  confidentiality and neutrality

  • Ensure that the court's directives are followed

  • Monitor safety of all participants at visits

  • Relay relevant information relating to the child's welfare between the custodial parent and the noncustodial parent at the commencement and conclusion of supervised contact (e.g. special needs, medication, diet, etc.)

  • Facilitate appropriate visit interaction

  • Testify in  formal court hearing (when subpoenaed)

  • Effectively communicate with program staff on issues related to family dynamics

  • Provide constructive feedback, correction, or redirection  to the parties when necessary

  • Suspend or terminate  any visit in which  the safety of participants or staff cannot be maintained

  • Keep written records of facts observed at visits in formal program forms

  • Report child abuse pursuant to state law

Duties