Safe Visitation

Why is Safe Visitation needed?

Research shows the importance of children maintaining safe and positive contact with both parents. However, in families where violence has occurred and the parents are separated, child visits with a non-custodial parent can be stressful. Pace Safe Visitation provides onsite supervised visits for families where there is a high risk of family violence between parents or family members. Safe Visitation services are provided by trained staff to ensure children have a positive experience visiting with their parent.

Services Availability

Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 9am – 5pm
Monday 9am – 6pm
Tuesday 9am – 6pm
Wednesday 9am – 6pm

Closed Thursday, Friday, and Long Weekends

Program Details

Eligibility is determined during a required screening interview

We accept referrals from individuals and other organizations

Program Sponsors

The Government of Alberta

Program Costs

There is no fee for this program to eligible candidates

Program Coordinator

Marlene

marlene@pacecentre.com

What Clients Say…

“This is the best program for families . . . my child likes coming here to see his dad.” ~ Safe Visitation
“You guys were great to work with. The program helped me get past my emotions and then focus on my child’s needs.” ~ Safe Visitation
“I want to thank you for being the go between, for me and my ex-wife. Your advice on how to help the kids get through the separation helped me out a lot. I think we will miss you for a while.” ~ Safe Visitation
“You guys are fantastic, not sure how this would have turned out for us if Pace did not have the safe visitation program.” ~ Safe Visitation
“I do not know what would have happened to my kids if this program was not available.” ~ Safe Visitation
“I am so glad Grande Prairie has this program. I know without it I would not have been able to see my girls and stay attached to them. Just a wonderful place to come. You made us feel comfortable and safe to talk about things.” ~ Safe Visitation
“Staff are excellent and help me talk about my frustrations in the situation.” ~ Safe Visitation
“The visits went very well, liked the staff. Coordinator taught me a lot about my children and how to listen to them.” ~ Safe Visitation

Who is eligible for Safe Visitation Services?

Families may be eligible for services if:

  • There have been incidents of domestic violence between parents, and parents are separated
  • There is a high risk of continuing or escalating family violence between parents, and children are at risk of further harm or exposure to domestic violence
  • The custodial parent would like a child to have safe contact with the non-custodial parent, a child wishes to visit the non-custodial parent, or a court has ordered that a child must have the opportunity to visit the non-custodial parent

How does the Safe Visitation service work?

How does the Safe Visitation service work?

  • A coordinator from Safe Visitation services meet with the parents separately to do an intake
  • The staff help develop safety measures so that parents do not have contact with one another, allowing them to focus on the best interest of the child
  • Once both parents are signed into the program, visits are scheduled
  • All visits take place at the Pace visitation site
  • The staff observe the contact between parent and child and provide support to enable the child to have a positive experience
  • Before and after the visit, the agency staff can assist family members in accessing specialized services, such as counselling and parenting support

“If constructive thoughts are planted positive outcomes will be the results. Plant the seeds of failure and failure will follow.”

Sidney Madwed

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