Fee For Service Program
The Network of Inner City Community Services Society (NICCSS) provides a range of access services for families involved in highly conflictual divorces, in difficulties accessing their children, and/or reunification issues. The nature of the visits may be court mandated or consented to between parties. All the Visit Facilitation Workers are closely supervised and well trained in aspects pertaining to Supervised Access. The agency has been providing supervised access services in Vancouver since 1999. Visits are organized after a comprehensive intake procedure which ensures that visits are facilitated in the safest, most child-centered, and neutral way possible. A contract for service is issued so that parties are informed and cognizant of their terms for access.
NICCSS embraces diversity and presently offers services in Spanish, Vietnamese, Hindi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Urdu and French. We offer a visit room so that access can take place in a neutral setting. We require that the first two visits happen in our surroundings for purposes of assessment.
Supervised Access Services and Fees:
Supervised Access: A close, neutral observation between parent and children with an emphasis on child appropriateness and safety. May involve the transportation of children. Interventions are only for the purposes of ensuring child safety. Supervised Access: $40.00/hr for direct supervision. There is a $60.00 intake (one time only) fee. We charge 0.46 cents per km if transportation of children is required. NICCSS does not transport parents.
Transporting Children: The safe pick up and delivery of children to counseling or any other type of appointment. Transport: $40.00/hr for driver with 0.46 km for mileage.
Access Exchange: The transport and supervision of children in transition from one parent to the other. May be useful in situations whereby parents have a history of denying access or whereby the exchange has been hostile. Access Exchange: to be negotiated depending on the terms of the exchange.
Neutral Observation Notes: For an extra fee of $25 per session, observation notes can be supplied to the party requesting the service. We do note on this that "our workers are not parenting experts and that these are their observations only."
All staff adhere to the Community Care and Facilities Act in that they supply their Criminal Check, a Doctor’s clearance, a TB test, driver’s abstract, and Childsafe FirstAid Course. Staff attend in-service trainings in Car Seat Safety, Neutral Report Writing, Risk Assessment, Court Proofing, Communications, Parenting Theory, Emergency Preparedness, Universal Precautions, Addictions & Mental Health, Dynamics of Domestic Violence.
A comprehensive intake can be completed over the phone but both parties (custodial and access parent) must sign a contract for service which lists all the terms of the visit. Both intake and contract are be downloaded and signed forms faxed into the office. Contact the program supervisor with specific questions to your needs.