Helping the children of divided families

CVP Mission

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Helping the children of divided families

Central Visitation Program, or CVP, is a low-fee supervised visitation program that provides a safe and comfortable environment in which children and non-residential parents may visit. The parenting time is supervised by volunteers and allows children the opportunity to develop a meaningful relationship with the non-residential parent that might not otherwise be possible.


CVP provides services for supervised parenting time at our facility and for people who are seeking supervised exchanges.


Supervised parenting time is designed to be a temporary solution to allow the children to be safe, happy and maintain a relationship with a parent until the parent resolves court or lifestyle issue. CVP has several families where the hurt and anger dissolved and the child(ren) won.


Our Leadership

Brad Wood Executive Director

Bradley A Wood, Executive Director

Mr. Wood has over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit field, including serving in leadership positions for multiple organizations. Mr. Wood has been with Central Visitation Program since August 2014.

Previously Mr. Wood was one of the Principals with Colorado Impact, a nonprofit organization working to engage the community in making necessary policy changes. Mr. Wood served as the Principal for Business Development and Operations, working on fundraising, internal operations and policy development. Before this Mr. Wood served the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as the Director for Lutheran Advocacy Ministry – Colorado, working directly with the Bishop on matters of policy pertaining to low-income and marginalized communities and assisting with community relations.

Mr. Wood spent almost 7 years working with Metro CareRing, a local food pantry and emergency assistance provider, specializing in marketing, fundraising, volunteer management and training, staff/intern supervision and advocacy.  


Board Support

Central Visitation Program is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors with a variety of personal and professional experience:

Raymond King, President

Carol Lingenfelter, Vice President

Jessica Wright, Treasurer

Lauren Berv, Secretary

Ryann Love

Bailey W. Mahoney

Elizabeth Prochoda


History

Parents get divorces. Families are spilt. It was that way in the early nineties when CVP was conceived, and it’s still that way today. In high conflict divorce cases and/or restraining order cases, the court decided children still need to have contact with a parent. Yet the court wanted to make sure the children would be safe. The court ordered supervised parenting time services. Families with limited financial needs did not have a program they could afford. Central Visitation Program was established to meet their need. Today, over20 years later, the need is greater than before. CVP consistently sees our demand for service increasing every year. The economy has been tough for several years. The families we serve are the first ones hit by the turn down and last ones to feel any upswing. Money or lack thereof should never be a reason for children to lose their relationship with a mother or father. CVP continues to meet the need.

CVP was established in February 1993 and incorporated in April 1993. A need was identified. The courts said parents could see their children in a supervised setting. Low income families could not afford the fees. Children were not seeing parents. Soon the need was brought to the attention of Central Presbyterian Church. Central Presbyterian Church provided “seed” money to start CVP and continues to provide office space and five visitation rooms in its convenient, downtown building. When visits began on September 20, 1993, CVP operated as a part-time program. In 1995, CVP expanded to a full-time program and extended its hours so more families could be served. Over the years, CVP has continued to grow and meet the demand for supervised parenting time and safe exchanges. In 2007, a demand for services in Adams County arose. With the generous donation of child-centered space at First Presbyterian Church of Brighton, CVP answered the demand; and, in May of 2008, CVP opened a satellite location in Brighton to help meet the needs of Adams County’s low income families not currently being met. In 2017 Central Visitation Program opened a third location in Aurora at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church to meet increased demand for services.


Impact

Central Visitation Program measures success one child, one supervised parenting time at a time. With the children as our clients, we look for them to be comfortable and feel safe while with their parent. Their past relationship with their mother or father may not have always been comfortable and safe. In 2011, CVP completed 1963 supervised parenting times, served 170 families. 97.6 percent of the parenting times provided were safe and comfortable for the child.

For 255 children who were able to start, continue or renew their relationship with their mother or father, the impact was felt immediately. They played with mom or dad, shared a meal, colored a picture, did homework, laughed, and talked about things in their lives. The children did not worry mom or dad did not want to see them. They did not worry it was their fault mom or dad left. They knew their mom or dad wanted to see them; and, most importantly, still loved them.


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