Safe places provided for supervised child visits

Service providers participating in training - Tara Gallant from YMCA, Alisha Raniowski from Nova Scotia’s Supervised Access and Exchange, Jane Arbing from CHANCES, and Michael Zimmerman from Justice and Public Safety

A new supervised access and exchange program will provide safe spaces for children of separated or divorced parents.

Government is partnering with CHANCES and PEI Family Resource Centres to provide safe and neutral places for children to be picked up or to spend time with a parent. There are now ten supervised access and exchange sites in Prince Edward Island.

“Most parental conflicts occur during the access or exchange of children, so providing a safe, child-centred place for parents to make these exchanges is an important part of keeping Island children safe,” said Premier Wade MacLauchlan, who is also minister of Justice and Public Safety. “By supporting our most vulnerable populations – especially children - we can better ensure that all Islanders can thrive as contributing members of our community.”

Supervised access is a type of visitation between a parent and their children that takes place with a trained, independent service provider. The visiting place has toys and games to help make the visit positive and focused on the child.

By comparison, supervised exchange occurs when a neutral third party collects the children from one parent and escorts the children to the access parent for their visit. Supervised access and exchange services are both accessed through a court order.

“CHANCES is able to provide this service in municipalities across the province, in environments where children and families already feel welcome,” said CHANCES Executive Director Ann Robertson. “This fall, approximately 100 service providers took part in training provided by the Department of Justice and Public Safety, with support from service providers in Nova Scotia and we look forward to welcoming Island children to our child-focused spaces.”
Prince Edward Island’s Family Resource Centres also provide services like parent education, support groups, prenatal nutrition programs, drop-in play and outreach programs.

• CHANCES Charlottetown
• Cap Enfant Wellington (French-speaking service)
• CHANCES Cornwall 
• CHANCES Stratford
• Families First Resource Centre Montague
• Family Place Summerside
• Kids West Inc. Alberton
• Main Street Family Resource Centre Souris
• Mi’Kmaq Family Resource Center – Charlottetown (for First Nations families)

Service delivery can also be provided in Family Resource Centre satellite sites, including: Borden-Carleton, Kinkora and Kensington.

Learn more at  Supervised Access and Exchange Program

Media contact:
Katie MacDonald
Department of Justice and Public Safety

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