May is Supervised Visitation Awareness Month
As part of our mission to create safer families and communities, Someplace Safe operates five Parenting Time Centers (PTC), designed to assure that children can have safe and conflict-free access to parents through a variety of services delivered by trained providers. PTC is located in Fergus Falls, Morris, Ortonville, Glenwood and Perham. Someplace Safe recognizes that all children deserve the right to have conflict-free family visits in a peaceful, welcoming environment. The agency creates comfortable environments for families to enjoy time together. Trained providers encourage respectful communication within families, help to establish a parenting time routine and offer referrals to other community resources.
PTC services are utilized for a variety of reasons. In families where domestic violence occurred, PTC focuses on the safety of survivors by providing a safe, neutral location for exchanges as well as supervised parenting times, complete with staggered drop off and pick up times.This arrangement decreases the opportunity for further harm, allowing space for survivors to heal.
Divorce or separation can be a very turbulent time in the life of both parents and children. PTC offers a safe neutral location where children are not put in the middle of adult conflict and kept from witnessing arguments that may take place at other exchange locations. As a result, children are given the freedom to be children and spend time with parents without having to carry the burden of adult disagreements.
Someplace Safe is a proud member of the Minnesota Chapter of the Supervised Visitation Network (SVN), a worldwide organization working to give vulnerable families access to safe, quality visitation services, ensuring children have safe contact with parents and caregivers during times of family conflict or transition. In 2001, the Supervised Visitation Network dedicated the month of May as supervised visitation month to help bring awareness to this important service needed for many families around the world. A bright orange ribbon is used by SVN and services providers throughout the country each May to draw attention to the need and impact of supervised visitation, while taking notice of the thousands of children and families in need of these crucial services.
Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, PTC continues to offer supervised virtual visits to families who are in need of supervision. These virtual visits continue to provide essential contact, quality time, support and relationship building during this time of isolation and uncertainty.
For more information, or to schedule a virtual supervised visit, please contact Someplace Safe Parenting Time Center at 218.739.3132 or visit www.someplacesafe.info/helping-someone/parenting-time-centers/ or call. For more information on Supervised Visitation Awareness Month, visit: www.svnetwork.net.
Someplace Safe is participating in #GiveAtHomeMN, a virtual fundraising event taking place May 1 - 8 for nonprofits across Minnesota. This week long focus on charitable giving will also coincide with #GivingTuesdayNow. Both campaigns are encouraging communities to support their local nonprofits during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
There is more great news! #GiveAtHomeMN will be offering hourly Golden Ticket drawings throughout the 7 day campaign, totaling $68,000 in available prize drawings for Minnesota non-profits. Each time someone make a donation to Someplace Safe at www.givemn.org/organization/Someplacesafe, the agency is entered into the hourly prize drawing. The more donations Someplace Safe receives, big or small, the more chances we will have to receive a bonus gift!
You can make your gift at any time between now and May 8th by visiting www.givemn.org/organization/Someplacesafe.
Thank you for supporting Someplace Safe as we continue to provide critical services to victims, survivors, families and our community.
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