Visit Supervisors

Visit Supervisors that work with Family Ties are trained professionals who care about children and families in our community. In addition to following all court-ordered supervision directives, supervisors understand and adhere to the policies and procedures of Family Ties. This includes safety procedures, professional boundaries, conflicts of interest, maintaining neutrality, observation/documentation protocols, intervention procedures, and work ethics. They also understand the systemic response to abuse; child abuse reporting laws and guidelines; restraining orders and orders of protection; and legal processes. They are well-informed on issues related to substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, predator behavior, and cultural issues. They have knowledge about the developmental stages of children, parenting skills, and the effects of divorce, separation and supervision on children. All are mandatory reporters of child abuse.

 

Linda Toporek, CPC, CDRC

Linda is the owner and program director at Family Ties. She has worked with families in crisis since 1987. Most were dealing with issues such as child abuse/neglect, sexual assault, domestic violence or high conflict divorce. Linda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the College of Charleston with a minor in Women’s Studies. She is also a Certified Life Coach and Certified Divorce Recovery Coach. Since the beginning, Linda has made great efforts to fill the gaps in services for families in the Tri-county area. Services provided by Family Ties include Co-parent Training and Support and Supervised Visitation Services. Co-parent Training and Support Services help families going through separation/divorce or custody disputes.  Linda works with parents to reduce the conflict in their families and to help them learn to effectively co-parent their children. Co-parenting educational workshops and divorce recovery support groups are offered as well. Linda has provided Supervised Visitation Services for the Tri-county area since 2002. This includes off-site visits, on-site visits, monitored phone/skype calls, and therapeutic supervision. Clarification, reunification and transition assistance are also provided as part of our services. Family Ties is an active member of the Supervised Visitation Network and follows their national standards and guidelines for supervised visitation. In May 2012, Linda was a presenter at the 20th Annual Conference of the Supervised Visitation Network in Florida. She has provided over 10,000 hours of supervised visitation and trained/supervised over 30 staff and volunteers to provide supervision services. Linda supervises visits and oversees the supervisors for Family Ties of the Lowcountry.

 

 

Kamisha Pruitt

Kamisha is originally from North Carolina and moved to South Carolina in 2006. She has earned an Associates of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Psychology with a concentration in Human Development from Park University of Parkville, MO. Kamisha is an Air Force Veteran with a background in Security and Law Enforcement. Kamisha has been with Family Ties since July 2014 as Administrative Assistant to Linda Toporek. She is also responsible for training new visit supervisors and coordinates supervised visitation for families needing these services. She is compassionate, child-focused, and understands the emotional stress our clients are under.  She works hard to ensure the best for families, normalizing abnormal situations as much as possible.  Kamisha believes children need and deserve healthy relationships with their parents as well as positive home environments to support healthy foundations for the emotional growth of children.

 

Dennis McCloskey

Dennis is retired from the SC Department of Social Services where he worked for 10 years as a Human Services Specialist II. He investigated allegations of child physical and sexual abuse in both Berkeley and Charleston Counties. Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the College of Charleston; a Master of Public Administration and Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. He has much experience supervising visits between parents and their children and has testified in court when necessary. Prior to protecting children in our community, Dennis spent 11 years serving our country in the US Navy. Dennis has been supervising for Family Ties since October 2011.