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IN MEMORIAM Linda Schneider 1953-2023

Linda Schneider, the CEO of SuperVision Parenting and and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, was a beloved leader and respected professional in the field of supervised parenting and family therapy. On Friday, January 6th, 2023, we lost Linda at the age of 69.

As the founder of SuperVision Parenting, Linda was dedicated to helping families strengthen their relationships and create a positive and healthy environment for children. She believed in the power of parents to positively shape the future of their children and dedicated her life’s work to providing guidance, support, and resources to those in need.

Throughout her career, Linda was an advocate for families and children, and her passion for her work was palpable in all of her interactions with clients, colleagues, and staff. She was a gifted therapist, a skilled business leader, and a true friend to all who knew her.

Under Linda’s leadership, SuperVision Parenting has grown to become one of the most respected parenting and family therapy practices in the region. Her legacy will continue to live on through the lives of the countless families she helped, and the many professionals she trained and mentored.

Linda will be deeply missed by her family, friends, clients and colleagues. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family during this difficult time. And we pledge to continue her mission to helping families thrive.

In memory of Linda Schneider, the SuperVision Parenting will be closed for the day on January 10th,2023 for the staff to grieve, remember and celebrate the life of our beloved CEO.

Linda’s passing is a great loss for the entire supervised parenting and family therapy community, and her legacy will always be remembered. She has positively impacted thousands of lives, and will always be remembered as a guiding light in the field of supervised parenting and family therapy.

The business will continue as usual under new ownership, Healing Families Supervised Parenting, LLC led by Kim Padilla. To contact Kim, please call (970) 439-4585 or email [email protected]

Rest in peace, Linda Schneider. Your memory will live on in the hearts of those you have helped and touched during your lifetime.

-SuperVision Parenting Team

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How supervised visitation works

While obtaining my BA in Behavioral Sciences I always knew I wanted to work with children. I wanted to use my child advocacy knowledge in a setting where children had the right to be heard and protected without fear. Below is a brief introduction to what supervised visits are all about. 

A referral or a court order is not required to participate. The visit may take place at the parent’s home or out in the community. Sometimes visits may have to occur in a restricted visitation facility. Supervised visitation usually is set for a temporary length of time, and sometimes it can be ordered indefinitely. 

The judge may assign a social worker or a similar person to accompany the child to the noncustodial parent’s home (or other designated location). The designated monitor will stay with the child for the entire visit and return the child to the custodial parent.

Supervised parenting time allows children and parents to see one another in a structured and safe way while the neutral visitation provider is present to observe and make notes. 

Supervisors remain neutral, allow parental autonomy, and provide interventions when safety concerns arise. Being neutral does not mean supervisors disregard behaviors such as abuse or violence of any kind. During the visits, the supervisors remain with the family through their journey and must be able to observe and hear all conversations at all times. 

Often, supervised visitation is a temporary arrangement that can lead to unsupervised visitation if the noncustodial parent meets certain requirements. For example, the noncustodial parent may need to have six months of clean drug tests, seek counseling, or complete an anger management class in order to be awarded unsupervised visits.

Supervised visits are intended for what is in the best interest of the child. 

If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.

Marian Wright Edelman

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Evolution of Parental Supervision

With the advent of an exciting time of systemic change, we are seeing various court-related agencies begin to rethink the services they offer to the populations they serve. Diversion programs are becoming mainstream throughout the justice systems as district and municipal courts are seeing the benefit of a softer manner of approaching solutions to crime rates. Family court systems are also beginning to change and offer a more family-centered approach to custody proceedings with the intention of allowing non-custodial parents the ability to have supervised parentings visitation as an approach to healing a split family dynamic by offering a therapeutic perspective to rekindling a child’s relationship with the non-custodial parent. 

Supervision Parenting has been at the forefront of this approach for a decade and a half. We have not only been supervising parental visitations but have applied a model that allows for the supervised visitations to take place in the family’s community and the non-custodial parent’s home as the family moves toward a healing centered perspective of custodial arrangements. This benefits not only the non-custodial parents but, ultimately, it is in the best interest of the child’s emotional welfare as the courts and Human Services agencies assess the healthiest path forward for the child and family. 

Overall, Supervision Parenting in Denver, Colorado, as well as all over the states, has evolved to better suit clients’ needs and provide as seamless and stress-free experience as possible for all parties involved.

As Parental Supervision service ourselves, we strive to keep up with innovation and make sure to deliver the best service to our clients.

If you need more information about Parental Supervision, please call us at 720-410-6764.

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About Linda Schneider

Hello,


Please allow me to introduce myself and tell you a bit about me. I graduated cum laude from Fresno State University with my Masters of Science (MS) in counseling in 1992. After finishing my internship, I moved back to Colorado and opened my own practice as an LMFT (licensed marriage family therapist.) I worked with families, troubled teens and couples. I particularly enjoyed marriage counseling working with couples to better their relationship. I discovered supervised parenting-time in 2003 when I worked for an agency specializing in that field. I worked as a therapeutic counselor for them. I spent nearly three years with them. Over that time period, I witnessed first-hand parents and children who just basically gave up on their relationship. The visiting parent was stigmatized by appearing to be the “bad parent” due to being under supervision. Families were confined to a visiting center and after a time children got tired of coming there and so their visiting parent rather “fell by the wayside.”


I determined then to find some better way of supervising parenting-time and still make the first priority the safety of the child or children. The child or children would be our client, rather than either parent, and our role would be to always put the best interests of the child or children first.


Over time, this ideal became very popular and successful and so I have enjoyed years of working with high-conflict parents and children. I feel that myself and my company has been as instrumental as possible in helping to keep children from being placed in the middle between their parents. I find this work very rewarding.

-Linda Schneider

About SuperVision Parenting

About SuperVision Parenting Business

SuperVision Parenting began in 2006 and contains a deliberate use of capital letters and double-entendre. Super-Vision, as in a “super” “vision” for supervision. That vision was and is simple; supervising parenting can be done in a far better fashion if it becomes more naturalized. Visiting parents can be less stigmatized in their children’s eyes. Children do not become bored by being restricted to one location. Therefore, children continue to want to see their parent as if they can do normal things. Parents and children are able to go out into the community and do normal activities such as shopping, movies, eating out, museums, the zoo, Christmas Lighting, mini-golf, and more.

When allowed by the court order or a CFI or with the other parties agreement, visits are allowed to be in the home of the restricted parent. Not only does this feel more natural to the children, but it also helps to prepare them for the time when their parent is no longer restricted. In that way, it helps with the transition period and keeps aunts, uncles, and grandparents in the picture, so no reintroduction is necessary. The shift just comes naturally.

With approval, sober parents with driver’s licenses in good standing can enjoy what we term “mobility.” This allows the children to get in the visiting parents vehicle and the counselor in the visiting parents vehicle with the children, so the parent is able to change locations during a supervised visit. For example, it may start with the restricted parent picking the children up from school, then driving to their (restricted parent) home, playing or snacking there, and then driving to the mall for school clothes for the children. We do thorough documentation in summary of each and every visit, which can be requested by client’s and the other parent’s attorneys. We strive to keep cases with one and the same counselor for consistency and are usually 98% successful in doing so. We further try to set a regular schedule so that especially the child or children know when they will be seeing the supervised parent.