May is International Supervised Visitation Month

May 3rd @ 11:55 am in News by Scott Staley

Mary Jo Mills

The Colorado Chapter of the National Supervised Visitation Network (SVN) is celebrating International Supervised Visitation Awareness Month by proudly distributing, wearing, and displaying orange ribbons during the month of May.

“The purpose of the SVN is to provide safe and neutral environments for children in families in conflict surrounding divorce, domestic violence, paternity, or co-parenting,” explained MaryJo Mills, Supervised Exchange Parenting Time (SEPT) program manager. “In situations of abuse, neglect, abduction risk, or the extended absence of one parent, the SEPT program provides a safe meeting and visitation alternative, rather than using drop-off points for child exchange like the police station, a parking lot, and/or curbside.”

SVN services are available locally through the SEPT program Mills manages, which is administered through CASA of the 7th Judicial District (Court Appointed Special Advocates-CASA). CASA is a member of the state and national SVN organizations.

MaryJo Mills, Supervised Exchange Parenting Time (SEPT) Program manager. The SEPT Program falls under the umbrella of CASA of the 7th Judicial District (Court Appointed Special Advocates-CASA). The SEPT Program provides a safe and neutral meeting and visitation alternative for families in turmoil, rather than using drop-off points for child exchange.

Orange ribbons are available at area businesses or your local CASA office:

Montrose (Region 10 Building, 300 N Cascade Ave, Montrose), Delta (Partners Building, 511 E 10th St, Delta), or Gunnison (225 N Pine St, Ste C, Gunnison).

For more information about the SEPT program, contact Mills directly at (970) 249-0337 or email her at mjmills@casa7jd.org. For information about CASA, email to info@casa7jd.org or visit www.casa7jd.org.