Program Participation: Family Court Services participants are referred to the Unit through the Family Division, Domestic Violence Division, Unified Family Court, and General Magistrates. An order of referral must be signed and a copy forwarded to Family Court Services in order to facilitate the activation of an office file. The parties are required to contact the Unit within 5 working days for the provision of initial data or the court will be noticed of their non-compliance.
- Crisis Assistance
Provide rapid, transitory response when the judiciary finds that an issue requires urgent attention such as when imminent danger to parent or child might exist.
Explore and assist with parental alienation and/or feelings of estrangement experienced by a child toward a parent while attempting to reestablish the relationship.
- Child/Family Assistance
Assistance with issues immediately affecting the welfare of the children through interviews with family members and through observations of their relationship with each other.
Short term parenting coordination and re-education that emphasizes improvement of joint parenting skills and communication; referrals to community agencies/professionals for counseling may be provided.
- Marital Reconciliation
Assists parents in clarifying parties’ motivation to separate/divorce and provides referral as needed.
- Time-sharing issues/Schedule
Addressing the parties’ issues regarding the sharing of their child(ren), assisting parties in the clarification of an existing time-sharing plan and/or the development of a more meaningful arrangement.
- Parenting Coordination (for indigent)
Designation of parenting coordinator to assist the parties in the facilitation of their parenting plan, monitor compliance of court orders, and provide referrals to community resources as needed (6 meetings per order).
- Supervised Visitation/Monitored Exchanges
Observation of and/or assistance in optimal time between parent/grand-parent and child in a friendly environment when the physical and/or emotional welfare of the child may be otherwise threatened.
- Community Referral
Assists in the referrals to community agencies and/or private professionals for counseling, extended co-parenting, parenting classes, psychological/psychiatric evaluations, parenting coordination, and DNA testing.
- Social Investigation
Home Study facilitated (standardized Order for Social Investigation must accompany referral to FCS).
- Substance Abuse Testing
The Village is available to administer drug tests and breathalyzer by separate court order.
Note: Cases with active Domestic Violence Injunctions are not to be referred to FCS for joint counseling or co-parenting.
Documentation: Family Court Services reports to the Court upon completion of the intervention, or as necessary, according to specific needs of the case. Please inform FCS of upcoming relevant hearings so that appropriate documentation may be provided.