Children in Yarmouth who are unable to spend time with their parents will now have access to visits through the Supervised Access and Exchange Program.
These type of visits occur when a judge has ordered that supervision is necessary. The reason could include domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse, high conflict or when a child and parent have been separated for a long time and are reconnecting.
“Families that are no longer together can face many challenges but it is important that the focus remain on what is best for the children,” said Justice Minister and Attorney General Diana Whalen. “This program provides a safe and supervised place for children to spend quality time with their parents.”
The Supervised Access and Exchange Program is a child-focused program that helps families who are experiencing difficulties. The Department of Justice works with community service agencies to provide supervision when a child visits a parent or other family member.
“At the family resource centre, we know that the key to building strong confident children comes from within the family,” said Nathalie Ellis, executive director, Parents’ Place Family Resource Centre. “We are excited to facilitate supervised visits to help build a stronger community through family.”
The program also provides supervision during exchanges at Parents’ Place, which is the designated child drop off and pickup point. The supervision provides a neutral and safe place that allows children to visit with their family without conflict and unnecessary stress.
For more information on the program, please visit: http://nsfamilylaw.ca/services/court/supervised-accessexchange .