The Safe Visitation Program offers a setting in which parents and their child(ren) can safely maintain a relationship with their noncustodial parent. Visits are referred by county social workers, the courts, or self-referrals. Visits or exchanges are often required due to a number of circumstances, including child protection involvement and/or a history of domestic violence. The program’s goal is to facilitate safe and appropriate parent/child interaction and/or to maintain the parent-child connection. Family & Children’s Center has supported a visitation program since 2006. In 2014, a grant was awarded to help serve families affected by domestic violence, so those cases involving a history of domestic violence could utilize our services at no cost.
Safe Visitation offers a few different types of services, including supervised visits, monitored exchanges, bookend visits, and partially supervised visits. The program staff works closely with social workers, the courts, and other professionals involved to provide services that best fit the needs of families as well as court orders and recommendations by professionals. During orientation and intake, the program Supervisor and Case Manager will explain the types of services in more detail to help guide families in the right direction.
These are pictures of the rooms that visitations and exchanges occur in while on site at FCC. As you can see, we do our best to offer a very “home like” setting for families with comfy couches and chairs. We also have numerous toys, games and activities for all ages as well movies and a few video games for kids and their parents to play as well. There are nearby restrooms, as well as microwaves and refrigerators for families to utilize while visiting at FCC.