What is the YMCA Safe Exchange Program?
The YMCA’s Safe Exchange Program offers families a safe and neutral place to exchange their children from one parent/guardian to the other. Families are encouraged to utilize this service whether or not there is a protective order in place. The YMCAs are designed to offer entrances for custodial and non-custodial parents, staggered arrival times, and strict rules and procedures which must be followed.
What is the YMCA Supervised Visitation Program?
The YMCA’s Supervised Visitation Program (SVP) provides a safe and neutral environment where noncustodial parents and their children can visit. Trained staff and volunteers support and monitor these family exchanges until the courts make a final disposition. The YMCAs are designed to offer separate entrances for custodial and non-custodial parents, staggered arrival times, and strict rules and procedures which must be followed.
How can the YMCA Supervised Visitation Program AND YMCA Safe Exchange Program help my situation?
The staff and volunteers at the YMCA offer a nurturing, supportive environment for family visits. Children are able to connect with both parents and the YMCA ensures that Court mandates are followed and that both children and parents are free from the possibility of harassment or harm. Our child friendly spaces and staff offer a comfortable environment for positive interaction.
The procedures and ground rules, from the initial intake and tour of the building to the final visit are designed to support every family member and to eliminate risk. The YMCA Safe Exchange Program allows for the children’s transfer between parents to be free of hostility and negative interactions.
The YMCA employs full time and part time trained staff members. A host of community volunteers and interns from local criminal justice, psychology, sociology and social work programs participate in extensive training prior to their first contact with families. On-going, in-service activities help refine skills and program delivery.
Who uses YMCA Supervised Visitation Program AND YMCA Safe Exchange Program?
Families who use the Center are referred by the DRO, El Paso Family Law Courts, as well as local attorneys. Issues that bring families to the program include allegations of domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse, divorces, separation, custody cases and mental illness.
What services are available?
The core program services are:
- Safe environment for adult-child contact.
- Safety for both parents during the transfer of the child from one to the other.
- Documentation of compliance with court mandates.
- Direct supervision of each visit to ensure that the child’s needs for parental contact are met in a healthy, non-competitive manner.
Additional services include:
- The YMCA offers a variety of programs for children and families, ranging from informal education to youth sports to family fitness and more.