The Village Supervised Parenting Time & Child Exchange Center in Minot, North Dakota, provides structured observation of parents and their children when supervised visitation is required. The exchange program features a safe, neutral location for parents with shared custody to exchange their children for visits. The center helps reduce children’s vulnerability to family violence/trauma by preventing children from witnessing unhealthy behaviors between parents.
How does this program work?
Call The Village at 701-852-3328 and ask for the program supervisor, who will explain the program for you. Referrals come from the Minot Police Department, courts, county social services, attorneys, the Minot Air Force Base, and other agencies that work with parents who are not together and in conflict, and where there is the need for a safe place for supervised visits or exchanges of their children. We also take private referrals and a court order is not needed to use the service. We are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the weekdays and on the weekends, excluding seven major holidays. We only schedule intakes Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless prearranged and we can accommodate your request.
What is the process to begin supervised visits or exchanges?
Once you contact The Village, we will explain the program and schedule an intake with the program supervisor or other staff person. Whether you are the custodial parent or the visiting parent, we take care of contacting the other parent to schedule an intake with them. The intakes are not done at the same time, and they last 90 minutes.
What do I need to bring to the intake?
If there is a court order, we will need a copy of that document. We can make a copy of the court order at our office. We also need a copy of your driver’s license, or photo ID if you do not have a driver’s license. We need photo ID because we do a background check on all parents and because we need to know your identification for safety purposes, whether you are using our services for visitations or picking up and dropping off children for exchanges. We will not transfer children to someone we do not know or someone who is unable to show us a picture ID. We will also need a $10 intake fee, which can be waived if you are a victim of domestic violence.
What is the cost of the program?
The fees are based on a sliding-fee scale according to your annual income. The cost for a supervised visit can range from no fee to $55 per hour. The cost for supervised exchange can range from no fee to $20 per exchange. All fees are waived for victims of domestic violence. There is some financial assistance for those who qualify.
How long will it be before I can visit my children?
On the average, once both parents have completed the intake process, it may take one to two weeks to start visitations or exchanges. Our goal is to have regularly scheduled visits at the same time each week for the family.
How will I feel safe at your center?
We screen and complete a risk assessment on everyone who requests our services. Background checks are completed on each person prior to acceptance into our program. We have surveillance cameras and an audio monitoring system in our hallways and visitation rooms. We have an alert system that is connected directly to the Minot Police Department and can be activated remotely by the room monitors in any part of our center. We arrange staggered arrival and departure times for custodial parents and visiting parents to prevent the parents from seeing each other.
For more information, call The Village's Minot office at 701-852-3328 or contact us online.