Letter to Editor: SOS’s visitation center celebrates 15 years with party

Dear Editor:

The SOS Child Visitation and Exchange Center (CVEC) is turning 15! Since opening in 1999, the CVEC has provided approximately 19,000 safe visits and exchanges to families needing a safe, neutral environment for parent-child visitations or exchanges.

What is child visitation? Child visitation is usually an hour long and games, books and toys are provided. This time is for children to spend with their parent, regardless of the parents’ relationship. A staff member observes the visit and ensures safety.

What is a monitored exchange? A monitored exchange is the transfer of a child from one parent to another without conflict or violence. The transfer takes place in a neutral and child-friendly atmosphere, ensuring the safety and well-being of the child.

Supervised visitation and monitored exchanges allow children to maintain contact and relationships with parents who may have been abusive to a partner or children, have substance abuse issues, or have other issues that require visitation in a safe, controlled setting.

In honor of the CVEC birthday, SOS is hosting a Family Fun Night from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Sunday, June 22, at the Bowyer Community Building, Emporia. Parents and their children can enjoy family-friendly activities such as chalking, balloon animals, crafts, bubbles, snow cones and watch a movie outdoors on the big screen!

Deb Schneider
SOS Child Visitation and Exchange Center Director

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