Candidate Statement

Mark Roseman

Cooper City, Florida

During your 2+ years of membership in SVN, describe how you have utilized your member benefits. (Networking, training, credential, etc.)

My service as a provider in the field of Supervised Visitation has been more than complemented and bolstered by membership for 10 years in SVN. Through provider trainer and provider management training, i was further aided with the skills necessary to deliver and appropriately manage an agency that still remains inadequately recognized by the family court system. My skills and experience have been expanded through my new learning in the field and by building relationships with peers also serving so selflessly in improving child outcomes when parents separate.

Describe your experience in the field of supervised visitation or relevant experience that intersects with the field of supervised visitation.

I owe my place in this field of visitation to David L. Levy, JD who co-founded the Children's Rights Council (CRC) in Washington, DC. The CRC was the most vocal national organization in the 1980's-1990's to bring the matter of co-parenting to both Federal and state legislatures. Importantly, it was my work as Assistant Director of Child Access that thrust me into a newly burgeoning field, that of offering supervised time sharing to parents around the country. In this role, i created training curriculum for new local and affiliated providers, as well as current professionals seeking standardization. During my tenure (1999-2010) at the CRC, i maintained my role in management, personal delivery and national training. But was so extraordinary to me was to become far more aware of the resources in professionalizing supervised visitation when David Levy was elected to the SVN Board in the New Millennium, one of the first males to participate in this illustrious Board. It was then that I was first made aware of the SVN and it opened my eyes to the great opportunities for the SVN to become more dominant and known for its work in standards and training.

SVN’s vision statement is: “The Supervised Visitation Network champions a world in which all vulnerable families have access to safe and quality visitation services.” Discuss your commitment to better outcomes for families in consideration of racial, cultural, socio-economic, gender equity and ability/disability.

As a provider of supervised visitation services, the Toby Center which i founded in 2010 has the responsibilities to nearly a dozen court systems through MOU. Each MOU affirms our responsibility in providing services to all parents seeking and court ordered for these child reunification services. No where in our intake process nor individual case treatment is there any acceptance of discrimination based on race, culture, socio-economic, gender, age, ability or disability or any other overt discriminatory practices. In the times of Pandemic, it is equally important to affirm all parties that all matters of wellness, physical protection as well as mental health considerations are our priorities. It is made clear on the Toby Center website ( and in our intakes. We will not accept from our field staff, nor from clients any efforts to sabotage visitations based on the social characteristics aforementioned. We shall increasingly be mindful of providing equal opportunities, treatment and compensation to all.

What do you envision as the primary function of the position you are seeking and what skills, talent and experiences do you have that would most benefit SVN (and ultimately the membership) if elected to the position?

Given the growing size of the Board of Directors, it shall be increasingly valuable to share our experiences and to learn from so many others of differing backgrounds and visions. I am open to all and ready to serve the SVN constituents through open mind, and open heart.

Regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion, what strategy(s) would you utilize to effectively engage in dialogue with the membership?

It will be important to continue SVN's focus on serving members who increasingly represent diversity. I would advise that the efforts to secure feedback be ongoing. That is also be important to advise providers to regularly feedback which they may solicit from their constituents: a) clients; b) field staff; c) judges; d) GAL's and e) referral agencies. From this feedback it will be helpful to share through survey to all constituents their perceived priorities, and then to construct news, information and training based on that feedback.

In what local, national, state, or provincial organizations (coalitions, groups, or task forces) outside of SVN or your current employer are you involved that would enhance the Networks goals?

Organizations I belong to are: clearinghouse on Supervised Visitation AFCC AARP - many members are grandparents who are shut out of their children's lives.