A Confident Caring Approach to Crisis
Monitored Exchange services monitor a child's movement between his custodial and his non-custodial parent immediately before and after unsupervised visitation. The Monitored Exchange Program provides a safe, neutral setting for the exchange for families experiencing family violence.
The program can benefit families experiencing: alleged domestic abuse and or an ongoing threat of domestic abuse between custodial and non-custodial adults.
What is Monitored Exchange?
The Monitored Exchange program provides a safe, hassle free way for parents to exchange children for visitation. The exchange takes place at the P.A.C.E. office through a third party so the parents have no contact with each other.
Monitored exchange provides for ongoing positive interactions between parent and child while safeguarding the physical and emotional well being of all family members.
Who Needs the Monitored Exchange Program?
- Children who need access to both parents without witnessing physical and /or emotional abuse.
- Parents who can ensure visitation for their child (ren) while avoiding face-to face contact with the other parent which might lead to physical or emotional abuse.
- Attorneys who need a means of promoting the safe exchange of children for visitation.
- The Court who needs to enforce statues mandating children’s continuing relationships with both parents, while ensuring the safety and well being of all parties involved.
How Does the Monitored Exchange Work?
Every other weekend parents exchange the child (ren) for the visitation on a Friday and then return the child (ren) on Sunday afternoon. Parents must agree to cooperate with the program. The parent must:
- Bring the child (ren) on time on Friday
- Return child (ren) promptly on Sunday
- Come alone to P.A.C.E. to deliver and pick up the child (ren)
About the exchange supervisors
The Monitored Exchange Supervisors are people who realize that this is a difficult situation for each person involved. All have been trained and are continually learning more about making each visit a safe and positive experience for the child (ren) . The Supervisor will ensure that the parents have no contact with each other.
What is the cost?
At this time there is no cost to either party.
Where does this take place?
Monitored Exchange takes place at the P.A.C.E. Office located at 10031-103 Ave. Grande Prairie, Alberta
Monitored Exchange Accomplishes…
- Eliminates contact between parents where there is a history of domestic violence or antagonistic behavior so that future violence can be avoided
- Prevents children from being victimized by exposure to inappropriate behavior
- Monitors parents who have had a history of substance abuse to ensure their sobriety before exercising visitation rights
What is the referral process?
Referrals that are made to the program from external agencies will be forwarded to the Monitored Exchange Coordinator at P.A.C.E. At this point, a screening assessment will take place.
Referral sources to the program may include but are not restricted to:
R.C.M.P. Domestic Violence Unit
John Howard Society
Grande Prairie Alberta.