What is Safe Havens? Safe Havens creates a comfortable place for children and parents to visit when one parent may be absent from the child’s life. Children benefit from consistent, healthy contact with their parent and Safe Havens’ goal is to provide the opportunity for visitations in a completely safe, supportive environment.
Why Use Safe Havens?
- Court ordered visitation/exchange
- History of domestic violence
- History of substance abuse
- History of mental health concerns
- Abduction concerns
- Concerns about parenting skills
- No contact between parents is desired by one parent or both
- Temporary or transitional needs at the time of separation
- Lengthy separation of child and parent
- Other child safety concerns
Safe Havens Services
- On-site monitoring
- Exchange monitoring
- Parenting Education Opportunities
Safe Havens staff is trained in understanding the impact of domestic violence on primary and secondary victims. Our top priority is to maintain a safe environment where children may further their relationship with the visiting parent. We consider ourselves child advocates with policies that focus on the developmental needs of the child. Our guiding principles spell out the specific criteria for visits, which typically last one hour in length once a week. The visits take place on site at the Safe Havens facility and are recorded and strictly observed by the monitor. We endeavor to treat all parties with respect and dignity, the foundation of all the Nurturing Center programs.
Contact Safe Havens
Parents may call us at 406-756-1878 or emailto arrange appointment to complete the registration procedure. Residential and visiting parents meet separately with a visitation monitor and children participate in an orientation process. Sliding fee scale is available.
Safe Havens is a place where children meet their parent in a safe, secure and healthy environment, infants and toddlers enjoy Safe Havens too. A fully equipped kitchen allows families to enjoy meals and snacks together. Lots of games and activities insure a positive visit.