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May is Supervised Visitation Awareness Month

In a general sense, the emotional support and ongoing involvement of both parents are of utmost importance to a child’s well-being. Ongoing parental involvement fosters positive parent-child relationships and healthy emotional and social development. Establishing and carrying out a visitation schedule is an area where many parents may experience conflict. And for families who have experienced crime or abuse, exchanging children can be a source of fear, anxiety, and safety concerns. Supervised visitation centers, also referred to as parenting time centers, exist to provide a safe haven for children and parents alike during parental visitation.

Someplace Safe Parenting Time Center (PTC) is a member of the Supervised Visitation Network (SVN), an organization consisting of over 500 visitation providers worldwide, dedicated to providing safe parental access for families. SVN dedicated May as supervised visitation/monitored exchange month in 2001 to help bring awareness to this important service for families around the world. The purpose of the campaign is to use the symbol of the orange ribbon throughout the month of May to raise awareness about the need and impact of supervised visitation. The color orange is used throughout the month, as it is a bright color which warns people to watch out or take notice. For this reason, SVN has adopted the orange ribbon with the goal that individuals around the world to see the orange ribbon and take notice of the thousands of children and families in need of this important service. 

Someplace Safe PTC offers safe, unbiased, child-friendly locations where parents can exchange their children or have supervised parenting time with their children in instances of abuse, crime, divorce, or other conflict. In addition, parents who need supervision while with their children can do so in an atmosphere conducive to healthy parent-child interaction. PTC also ensures the safety of adult victims during the exchange of children, with staggered arrival times and separate entrances in order for parents to maintain no contact during the exchange of children. PTC offers a variety of services, including: supervised parenting times, safe exchanges, contact exchanges, supervised phone visits, supervised Skype visits, and a scheduling service for children and their parent(s). Someplace Safe PTC are available in Fergus Falls, Perham, Morris, Ortonville, and Glenwood. Over the past year, PTC provided 1,430 supervised visitations and exchanges between 240 children and 402 adults.

For more information, visit www.someplacesafe.info/helping-someone/parenting-time-centers/ or call Emilyn Haugen, Director of Parenting Time Center, at 218.739.3132 or emilyn.h@someplacesafe.info. For more information on Supervised Visitation Awareness Month, visit: https://www.svnworldwide.org/.


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