By Deb Schneider, SOS Child Visitation & Exchange Center Director
The SOS Child Visitation & Exchange Center (CVEC) has been open in Emporia for the last 16 years. Even though I’ve lived in Emporia more than 30 years, I was unaware of the CVECs existence.
For the past six years, I have been the director of the center and have realized the importance of this service for Emporia and the surrounding counties.
The CVEC, provides supervised visits and monitored exchanges for families needing a safe, friendly environment for children to visit their non-custodial parent.
Eighty-two percent of the families using the CVEC in 2014 were ordered by the court due to a contentious divorce, domestic or family violence, drug or alcohol related abuse, mental, physical or sexual abuse or just for reintegration with the other parent.
The CVEC provided more than 20,000 services since its beginning to help children and a parent re-engage and interact within a positive environment. The center has a homelike environment with many games and activities to get the parent-child relationship back on track.
The CVEC is open seven days a week. Visits are supervised by trained staff with on-site security is provided. If you know a family who would benefit from using the CVEC, help them reach out and make the call, 620-342-0076.