NO. R-221. House concurrent resolution honoring supervised visitation organizations for their support of parents and children.
Offered by: Representative Larson of Burlington.
Whereas, the regular opportunity for children to visit with nonresidential parents should be a consistent event, but the relationship between the residential and nonresidential parents can be strained due to divorce, violence in the home, mental health or substance abuse problems, or the prolonged absence of the nonresidential parent, and
Whereas, consequently, contacts, which the residential and nonresidential parents arrange on their own accord, may result in adverse long-term consequences for their children, and
Whereas, in order to address the difficulties that arise in these stressful domestic environments, which are increasingly present in today’s society, visitation support programs, in Vermont and nationwide, have been established to coordinate and support regular and safe visitation opportunities between children and their nonresidential parents, and
Whereas, although the specifics vary among individual programs, the service always includes the presence of a trained and skilled third party supervisor who remains with the children and the parent throughout the visit, and
Whereas, the goal of every supervised visitation program is to provide families a safe, supportive, and consistent environment for parents to have contact with their children, and
Whereas, in Vermont, supervised visitation programs are offered at Family Tree in Rutland County, Family Time (a program of Project Against Violent Encounters – PAVE) in Bennington County, PACT (Parents and Children Together) in Windham County, Supervised Visitation Program (WomenSafe) in Addison County, Emerge in Windsor County, Kid’s Place (Have Justice Will Travel) in Orange County, SCAP (Supervised Child Access Programs – part of the Lamoille Family Center) in Lamoille County, Family Connection Center for Visitation, Inc. in Chittenden County, and Voices Against Violence in Franklin County, and
Whereas, throughout the United States, May is being observed as supervised visitation month to highlight the societal contribution of these programs, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly honors supervised visitation organizations for the services they provide to Vermont parents and children, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each supervised visitation program listed in this resolution.
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