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Our Supervisors are still working with families within the following limits:
1. When the visits are located in private homes, and all parties are practicing proper social distancing and self-isolation.
2. Generally, only the parent and children can attend the visits, no family gatherings.
3. When participation of other family is necessary for the children, the situation is assessed on a case to case basis.
4. For certain cases we assist with whatever remote supervision the parties can agree upon.

What we can not do currently:
1. All visits in public locations are temporarily canceled.
2. When the supervised parent drives the child from/to exchange location, no shopping or drive-thru is allowed during the visits.
3. Currently we can not supervise in-person visits for parents who are working in the front lines with the public. However, we can assist with whatever remote supervision the parties can agree on.

We organised the first ever training for Access Supervisors in BC on February 4-6, 2020 (see last post below). We sent email invitation as well as reminders to 30 BC supervising agencies we found on the internet, most of which were private mobile supervisors. Only us, Access Family Services Inc, from all private supervision agencies participated, with three supervisors in leadership roles.

Most supervisors attending the training were from Washington State, and one came from Alaska. Among BC attendees there were representatives from 4 long-established agencies (already contracting with MCFD) from: Nanaimo, Victoria, Pit Meadows and New Westminster.

However, none of BC's private mobile supervision agencies or solo supervisors took the training, except us.

Unlike some Canadian provinces and US states, supervised access is not yet regulated in British Columbia. For that reason self-proclaimed access supervisors fall all over the map between good and bad practices. Efforts are being made locally to start regulating the supervised access profession.

Access Supervisors Association was already incorporated as a member-supported society, in October 2018. The local politicians will start lobbying in 2020 to make membership and training compulsory for all access supervisors in BC.

Liaison has been made with Supervised Visitation Network (a US non-profit organisation which has a chapter in Ontario), to provide training and mentoring while Access Supervisors Association starts operating in BC.

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Pinnacle Hotel,Vancouver, BC

Dates:
February 4, 2020: 8:30 AM- 5PM
February 5, 2020: 8:30 AM- 5PM
February 6, 2020: 8:30 AM- 1PM
This program met the 24 hours of training required of SVN Members as detailed in the SVN Standards HERE.

Access Supervisors Association in BC, made an agreement with the trainers that when BC attendees paid the $550 non-member fee, the difference would give them 1 year membership with SVN (International Supervised Visitation Network) 

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