Family Matters staff offers new community services

Posted 3/26/16

Family Matters Bradley has launched Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Service as a new community service. FMB is one of only three agencies in all of Tennessee which has at least one staff …

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Family Matters Bradley has launched Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Service as a new community service. FMB is one of only three agencies in all of Tennessee which has at least one staff member who has completed the professional training certificate program offered by Supervised Visitation Network.

FMB is now a member of the Supervised Visitation Network, a membership organization of professionals who provide supervised visitation and access services to families.

Staff member Dr. John Vining has recently earned the first ever credential offered by SVN to recognize providers who attend a 24-hour training and pass a certificate exam. Vining attended the training offered in Jacksonville, Florida, earlier this month. “It is remarkable that such an important service to children is largely ungoverned. I felt we had to operate at the highest levels of preparation and ethics,” Vining said.

Family Matters Bradley is a nonprofit agency created and directed by Drs. John and Su Vining and has served the Ocoee region since 2010. Its mission of being a pro-child community agency dedicated to enriching family life is to provide support, education and resources to families through partnerships with other marriage and family coalitions. The newly implemented Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Service extends the reach of FMB to a significant area of need benefitting both children and parents/guardians. FMB began offering these services in January.

Since 1991, FMB and other members of the Supervised Visitation Network have understood that quality visitation time with noncustodial parents is critically important for children in these cases when supervised visits have been ordered for reasons determined by the court. Working with a parent who has lost custody of their child can present unique emotional and physical safety risks, requiring careful preparation and training of those providing this service.

While Tennessee does not have any statutes or legislation governing how supervised visitation services are provided and there is no certification for SV providers, FMB follows the SVN published minimum standards that address all aspects of the provision of services. FMB now has earned the 24 Hour Certificate, also, confirming compliance with the SVN Training Standards. These standards are posted at www.svnworldwide.org.

Vining said, “Being recognized by the court as a designated agency for offering such a vital service is a special responsibility that we take very seriously. Our membership and training with SVN is evidence of our commitment to offer professional service.”

For more information about FMB Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Service, call 476-1933. If you would like more information about the Supervised Visitation Network, or to interview SVN Executive Director Joe Nullet, dial 904-419-7861.

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