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.
How does Safe Visitation 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
|Saturday||9am – 5pm|
|Sunday||9am – 5pm|
|Monday||9am – 6pm|
|Tuesday||9am – 6pm|
|Wednesday||9am – 6pm|
Closed Thursday, Friday, and Long Weekends
Eligibility is determined during a required screening interview
We accept referrals from individuals and other organizations
The Government of Alberta
There is no fee for this program to eligible candidates
Number of Children Supported in 2018
Number of Custodial Parents Supported in 2018
Number of Visiting Parents Supported in 2018
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