Family Visitation Center
Our mission is to present a safe and
supportive environment for family visitation and transfers. Our
commitment is to the physical and emotional safety of children.
Our philosophy is to advocate for children’s
rights to maintain, establish or re-establish healthy contact with
parents and other significant adults. We strive to
create positive relationships and positive memories for children and
their absent parents or relatives.
The Family Visitation Center (FVC)
is available to parents and their children as a resource for families
seeking a wide range of services in the process of custody and visitation
litigation. The safety and comfort of the child is of utmost importance.
Children are often caught in the middle of their parents’
problems, especially when there has been history of abuse.
FVC is designed for children and their separated or
divorced parents where there has been conflict involved with visitation,
domestic abuse, or child abuse.
The Center serves as a comfortable, neutral location
for the transfer of children for traditional visitation and as a location
for monitored on-site visitation.
FVC is a safe place for the custodial parent to exchange children
with the non-custodial parent for visitation without the parents having
face-to-face contact. The Center will be used specifically in cases
where there may be a history of spouse abuse, harassment, or any other
stressful visitation situation.
Visitation with Abusive Parents:
Supervised visitation is provided in cases where there is documented
or suspected sexual, physical or emotional abuse. The level of supervision
is determined according to the needs of the family. Center staff is
available to personally monitor the entire visit with closed-circuit
television. Staff supervision of phone contact between children and
non-custodial adults is also provided when such contact presents problems
Healthy Visitation Environment:
FVC strives to provide a neutral and non-threatening environment in
which parents may interact with their children while creating positive
WHO CAN USE THE CENTER?
Family members needing support and assistance in
establishing or re-establishing relationships.
Parents using children to control a former partner.
When visitation times are sources of conflict witnessed
by the children.
History of parent picking up the children under
the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Repeated pattern of inconsistency or irresponsibility
while exercising or allowing visitation.
Parents who have Protection Orders or Restraining
Families where children are in foster care because
Concern over a parent leaving the area with the
Out-of-town parents needing a comfortable, home-like
atmosphere for visitation.
Parents with other special circumstances.
WHO CAN REFER TO THE FAMILY
child protection interests
Child custody proceedings may be the most trying, exasperating
and complex of all legal proceedings. Because custody is perhaps the
most critical phase in the growing pains of a child’s life,
the Family Visitation Center is committed to preserving family relationships
within a secure, child-oriented environment.
Community Education Services
Common Sense Parenting Classes
A proven program provides a step-by-step guide for raising responsible
children. Designed to help parents build strong, healthy families;
making their homes more peaceful, enjoyable and safer for the whole
family. Five weeks of sessions held on Monday evenings 6-8 p.m. Designed
for parents of children K-12.
- Parents Are Teachers
- Encouraging Good Behavior
- Preventing Problems
- Correcting Problem Behavior
- Teaching Self Control
- Putting it all together
S.M.I.L.E. Start Making It Livable for Everyone
A 2-hour educational program for separated or divorced parents with
To help parents better understand the effects
To help parents understand the needs of
To promote children’s healthy adjustment
Responsive Parenting Classes
Parents learn about topics such as social-emotional growth, early
brain development, temperament and guidance. For parents of children
ages birth to 3 years old. Six weeks of sessions held on Tuesday evenings
- The Parent Child Dance
- Your Unique Child
- Responding to Your Child’s Needs
- Encouraging Your Child
- What and How Your Child Learns
- Reducing Parenting and Childhood Stress
For more information call:
Davison, Hanson, Hutchinson, Douglas, Aurora, Jerauld, Sanborn &