Central Texas Local News | kcentv.com

A look at the supervised meeting policies of Department of Family and Protective Services

Authorities say three boys were taken by their parents during a supervised visit

KILLEEN, Texas — Three brothers are still missing five days after being kidnapped in Killeen. Hunter Gilseth, 11, Dylan Gilseth, 9, and Levi Gilseth, 4, were at a supervised visit with their parents last Thursday. Their parents, Maria and Jeffrey Gilseth, allegedly took them from the visit. 

While we don't know exactly what happened at the meeting: Here is what we learned about their policies. 

According to the Department of Family and Protective Services Guide--these types of meetings have different levels. 

The levels include unsupervised, low, medium and high supervision. The visits can vary in location. According to the guide, visits can be in a Department Office, Contracted Providers Office, Public Place or the home of the family among other places. 

The guide outlines specific requirements for the monitors in each visit. Those are outlined below. 

Each potential monitor should be assessed for: 

  • Ability to recognize specific parent behaviors that represent threats to child safety 
  • Willingness and ability to manage identified safety threats in a visitation setting (protective actions)
  • Willingness to work with department and provide meaningful feedback about progress and concerns in visitation 

Each potential monitor should be assessed to determine if they can provide a parent mentoring by:

  • Determining what specific skills and protective actions parents need to gain in order to reach plan goals 
  • Determining the child's specific vulnerabilities 
  • The nature of the relationship between the parent and monitor-is the parent comfortable receiving guidance from the monitor?  What level of guidance is the monitor willing to provide? 
  • Determining the monitors' ability to provide mentoring, modeling and/or guidance to parents around the identified skills and protective actions-i.e. professionals are more likely to be able to take a coaching role, whereas family or informal monitors may vary in their ability to provide any guidance beyond very basic parenting 

Department of Family and Protective Services Guide

*KCEN Channel 6 does not know the specifics of what happened in the meeting. This article will be updated when information is provided.