At Legal Equine Education Center we offer FACILITATED PARENTING TIME that builds self-awareness and emotional regulation skills with a focus on preventing future conflict and improving the family connection. We remove logistical obstacles from reunification efforts (cost, location, visit times, etc.) while offering affordable therapeutic support of the parent/child relationship.
There are a host of challenges when it comes to supervised parenting time. First, the actual time can be compromised, particularly due to a shortage of supervisors. Second, when supervisors are present, the visits themselves can feel unnatural to both the parent and the child, thus stifling more relaxed engagement. Lastly, parents may face significant financial and logistical issues related to ongoing supervised parenting time.
The objective of therapeutic parenting time is to provide clinical services to the child participating in the supervised parenting time process. Providers are typically social workers or counselors with clinical training. This process can be costly with hourly rates exceeding $150/hour.
Standard, supervised visitation are ultimately smooth exchanges between parents. These range from $55/hour or more, and for a parent who is visiting their child two hours per week the costs can be rather burdensome at a monthly level - $500/month on average.
Parental parties (or DCS) have the option of agreeing on and assigning a friend or family member for visitations. This can be difficult should the parties find themselves in an already escalated situation. Friends and family may also want to avoid an uncomfortable situation. Supervised parenting time can sometimes be perceived as a punishment to parents.
Our program not only reduces the costs that one would typically pay to other programs (such as DCS), but also expedites the overall processing time of family law cases. Many reunification cases can drag on due to long stretches between visits. The most common reason for this is parties not agreeing on supervisors and dates, or lack of availability. Having a consistent, structured program results in a more cost effective/regimented approach to reunification programs.
Who Do We Serve:
We take on cases that include, but are not limited to; cases in transition between juvenile and family court, additional visits for families with scheduling conflicts, visits beyond the mandatory court ordered visits, and reunification programming.
Instead of having a traditional "supervisor." You will be greeted by your training team (one trainer and one social worker) who will facilitate your horsemanship class. There are usually 3 parent/child pairs per station and team.
Take turns riding the mechanical bucking horse and sharing laughs. When we laugh we learn. The bucking horse teaches us to be aware how our body communicates emotions and how those emotions are interpreted by the horse.
At this station, you and your child will learn how to set boundaries with the horse, how to raise and lower your energy to communicate with the horse, and to apply and release an appropriate amount of pressure for the activity. The team will help you and your child process how these same approaches affect your relationship, so you can find common ground to communicate on.
Families can translate their learning into horse riding or they may opt to keep their boots on the ground and thank their horse teacher with a nice brushing.
Have a picnic and play a board game. Enjoy some well earned down time with your child.
No awkward exchanges or transitions. Kiddos hop into the pick up drive lane like they often do at school and the receiving parent can pick up the child without any parent to parent contact.
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TRANSPORTATION: $25 RT
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