The California Penal Code Section 11165.15 states that a Monitor is “Any person who, for financial compensation, acts as a monitor of a visit between a child and parent when the monitoring of that visit has been ordered by a court of law.”

The Visitation Monitor must remain neutral and completely impartial. This permits them to offer an independent account of the parent and child’s interaction and relationship to the court and other concerned professionals. The Visitation Monitor must be able to perform his or her job without fear or favor.

The Visitation Monitor must not be a relative of either parent or have any interest in the child’s custody. If a relative conducts the monitored visitation, the court and others involved will raise concerns about that monitor’s ability to remain neutral and impartial. This can harm both parents inside the court.