FAMILY CONNECTIONS Temporary Suspension of Some Non-essential Services Updated March 27, 2020
We are actively monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health officials regarding COVID-19 and reassess our response daily. Following recommendations from national and state health leaders, Family Connections is implementing the following actions until further notice:
Family Connections will be suspending common sense parenting and supervised visitation services until further notice; however, in this time of community crisis we truly value “togetherness”. “Togetherness” may look different for an extended period due to COVID19 but we are confident it will be well embraced as we all make sacrifices for the well-being of public health.
Beginning, April 6th, 2020 River City Family Connections will be offering “Virtual Visitation” for parents and children. Please contact us with any questions : 605-665-1204 or email@example.com We will re-evaluate the situation as more information becomes available from the CDC and health officials.
River City Family Connections (RCFC) is designed for children and their separated or divorced parents where there has been domestic abuse, child abuse, or conflict involved with visitation. RCFC can also be used to establish or re-establish relationships with family members. Our location serves as a comfortable, neutral location for the transfer of children and for on-site supervised visitation. We are committed to preserving family relationships with a secure, child-oriented setting.
Types of Services Offered
Family Connections provides a continuum of visitation services to meet individual family's needs; from on-site supervised visitation to the supervised transfer of children from one parent to the other parent.
River City Family Connections provides supervised visitation in cases where there is documented or suspected sexual, physical or emotional abuse or neglect. The level of supervision is determined according to needs.
River City Family Connections provides a safe place for the custodial adult to transfer children to the non-custodial adult, without them having contact with one another. The Family Visitation Center can be used specifically in cases where there might be a history of domestic abuse, harassment, or any other kind of stressful environment.
Why is there a Family Visitation Center? RCFC is available to parents and their children as a resource for families seeking a wide range of services in the process of custody and litigation. We strive to provide a neutral and safe environment in which parents may interact with their children while creating positive memories. The safety and comfort of the children is the goal of our services. We work continuously to promote the growth of happy healthy relationships between family members.
Who uses the Family Visitation Center?
Families where visitation times are sources of conflict, which is witnessed by the children.
Families where a parent has a history of picking up/dropping off children while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Parents who have protection orders or restraining orders.
Parents who have a concern about the other parent leaving the area with the children.
Family members seeking support or assistance in establishing or re-establishing relationships.
Family members that have a repeated pattern of inconsistency or irresponsibility in exercising or allowing visitation.
Families whose children are in foster care due to abuse or neglect.
Out-of-town parents who are needing a comfortable, home-like environment for visitation.
Parents with other special circumstances.
Who can refer families?
Anyone with Child Protection interests
Department of Social Services
Anyone who has an interest in referring a family to be considered for services must submit a referral form. This form is available upon request via email from Family Connections Visitation Monitor, Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org). After the referral is received, both referred parties will have to set up an intake appointment (separate from one another). This intake is required in order to start visitations and exchanges.
Events and Awareness Months
Each year, April is designated as Child Abuse Awareness Month. At River City Family Connections, throughout the month of April, we go to different agencies in our community to spread awareness on issues related to child abuse and neglect. For school aged children, this month was exciting in 2019, as we partnered with Batman and made surprise visits at each elementary school. Community education is a very important aspect in stopping child abuse and neglect as well as ending the cycle of violence that perpetuates itself throughout a child's life into adulthood. Each year as part of this awareness effort, children participate in a campaign named after a slogan that embodies awareness on healthy family relationships. Past slogans have been "love doesn't hurt, buddies not bullies, and H.E.L.P." Children in elementary levels create designs that display these slogans, the winner of the design challenge gets their artwork published on awareness materials. For adolescents, River City Family Connections provides education on the matter of teen dating violence and healthy relationships. Every summer, River City Family Connections hosts a "Family Fun Day" where children and their families can have free fun in a safe environment. Events in the past have featured bounces houses, carnival games, zoo-moblies, face painting and more. This year's event took place on August 24, 2019. Everyone had a wonderful time. We can't wait to see you all again next year!
We want to give a huge thanks to all of those who have donated goods and their time to us in the past. Your donations help the children to laugh a little harder, cry a little less, and smile a lot more. Because of you, we are able to make our center a second home for these children to feel safe and loved. Those feelings are priceless.
If you would like to volunteer and donate your time, sign up here! If you would like to donate goods, our wish list is below!
At River City Family Connections we strive to make visitation safe and enjoyable for parents and children. We have observed thousands of hours of visitation and compiled a list of the most commonly asked for items. These wish list items will be available for children and their parents to use during their visit time at River City Family Connections. Items in bold below are most in need. To arrange a donation drop-off, please contact 605-665-1204