Safe Exchange program expands
SUMMIT COUNTY – Safe Exchange, a recently developed program that allows children to safely transfer between their divorced or separated parents, has expanded its scope to provide supervised visitation in the mountain communities.In short, supervised visitation allows a parent and child to spend time together in a protected setting with a third party present. Usually the result of a court order, it allows for a parent and child(ren) to see each other at times when their being together might present risk. That may occur right after a particularly difficult separation or divorce, or after a long period of interrupted contact.”The bottom line, our goal is to make it easier on the children involved,” said Safe Exchange director Cindi Harris-Krane. “We need to look at the kids as our primary focus.”Safe Exchange is based at the House With the Red Door, located at the Summit Ridge Center on the north end of Breckenridge. Harris-Krane says that ideally, supervised visitation would take place there. But if need be, it may be possible to set up a visitation in a neutral setting elsewhere in Summit, Eagle, Lake and Clear Creek counties, as well as the Kremmling area. The program also is open to families who live outside these areas but who may want to make a safe exchange or supervised visitation within them. For example, someone may live on the Western Slope and have a separated spouse on the Front Range. The program would allow for an exchange or supervised visitation at a location between the two points. Although Safe Exchange is based at the Red Door, Harris-Krane says the program is now open to the possibility of offering exchanges elsewhere in the county.Supervised visitations can be anywhere from one to three hours. “We’re going to do the best we can to be there with flexible scheduling,” Harris-Krane says. Harris-Krane notes that the program does not offer the more involved therapeutic or “supportive” supervision at this time.For more information on the program, contact Harris-Krane at (970) 470-3377.
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