Child Custody Recommending Counseling (CCRC)/Mediation

CCRC/Mediation is a free service offered by the Lassen County Superior Court. CCRC/Mediation is the process of assisting parents reach a mutually acceptable parenting plan, encourages communication between the parents and allows the parents to develop the best parenting plan for their child(ren) through identifying conflicts and barriers, seeking resolutions and focusing on the best interests of their child(ren). The Child Custody Recommending Counselor (CCR Counselor)/Mediator is there to guide and navigate parents through the process.

CCRC is a mandatory process when there is a disputed custody and visitation issue before the court. If parents do not reach an agreement on issues, then a recommendation will be prepared by the CCR Counselor and submitted to the Judge for review.

Mediation is a voluntary process through the agreement of the parents and a recommendation is NOT prepared.

CCRC/Mediation is intended to resolve parenting issues without the necessity of a court hearing. A sample Parenting Plan can be found on this website. It is important that both parents arrive at their appointment prepared to address the issues in the Parenting Plan form.

Documents for CCRC

Supervised Visitation

The Judge may order supervised visitation in custody cases where there are concerns for a child's emotional or physical well-being. Supervised visitation provides a highly structured and child-friendly environment to ensure the safety and welfare of the child during parent-child interaction.

Uniform standards of practice apply to all providers of supervised visitation, whether a nonprofessional provider or a professional provider. The court considers whether to use a professional or nonprofessional provider based upon the child’s best interest. The professional and the nonprofessional provider must comply with and meet specific qualifications specified in Family Code § 3200.5

The Uniform Standards of Practice can be found in its entirety in the California Rules of Court, Standards of Judicial Administration, Section 5.20.

Type of Provider
  • Nonprofessional Provider is a person who is not paid for providing supervised visitation services.
  • Professional Provider is a person who is paid for providing supervised visitation services, or an independent contractor, employee, intern, or volunteer operating independently or through a supervised visitation center or agency.

Nonprofessional Supervised Visitation Provider Requirements

Professional Supervised Visitation Provider Requirements
  • A professional provider must complete a Live Scan, register as a Trustline provider, meet specific training requirements (California Rules of Court 5.20 (f)), and file a completed Declaration of Supervised Visitation Provider (Professional) – FL-324(P) form with the court before providing supervised visitation services.
  • The professional provider must sign a separate, updated form FL-324(P) each time the professional provider submits a report to the court.
  • When any information contained in the Declaration of Supervised Visitation Provider has changed, the provider must serve an updated version on all parties, their attorneys, and the child’s attorney, and then file with the court within five days of the change in information.
  • Completed declaration forms may be submitted by mail or at the Clerk’s window at the Hall of Justice, 2610 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130.
  • The professional provider must produce a report about the supervised visitation if ordered by the court or when a parent, their attorney, or an attorney for the child requests it. Providers should send copies to the court, all parties, their attorneys, and the attorney for the child.

The court does not screen, endorse, evaluate, or monitor supervised visitation service providers. The parties must investigate and know that a professional or nonprofessional provider meets the statutory qualifications, training, and continuing education requirements.

In the event a provider becomes ineligible to provide services for any reason, the provider must immediately contact all parties, their attorneys, and the child’s attorney, and must state, in writing, the reasons the provider is no longer eligible. Within five days of receipt of the provider’s written notice of ineligibility, the parties must file with the court a declaration containing all pertinent information related to the provider’s disqualification.

Superior Court of California, County of Lassen