The purpose of the “Restart” Program is to provide a place for children to be and feel safe with their parents. In certain situations, there may be a concern for the safety of children when they visiut with one of both parents. The “Restart” program provides a neutral setting that seeks to treat all parties with equal respect for the best interests of the children. In addition, this program allows children and families to experience alternatives and less restrictive placeements for visitation in their community. Futhermore, “Restart” serves as a safe-haven for parents to not only participate in a drop off and pick up service but provides them with access to a center that encourages visitation outside of the normal working hours to include evening hours, Saturdays and Sundays.
As a private agency, we understand that before parents can be permanently reunited or to continue to build a healthy bond with their children, they are often required to undergo supervised visitations. Supervised parent-child visitations are critical to the process of bringing parents and their children back together. These visits not only provide feedback to the court and referring agencies on the progress of a family, but more importantly, they allow the participants to maintain their family bond.
Together Lives Change offers supervised visitation in the community because it best recreates the natural home environment. Some examples of visitation sites include:
•The library to complete the children’s homework assignments
•The mall to purchase school clothes and supplies
•Little League practice and sporting events
•Virginia Air and Space Museum, Virginia Living Museum, Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Virginia Aquarium and Norfolk Zoo, etc.