May is recognized as supervised visitation awareness month with a state proclamation
On May 31, 2023, Supervised Visitation programs from across the state came together at the
Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta to recognize May as Supervised Visitation Awareness Month in Georgia.
Representative Mandi Ballinger, Georgia House District 23, issued a proclamation recognizing the
importance of supervised visitation to ensure the safety of children and families. Christina Fisher,
Visitation Director of the Wellstar Family Visitation Center, a program of The Children’s Haven, shared
remarks about how her program is bringing separated families safely together. She also shared remarks
from Supervised Visitation Network (SVN) Executive Director, Joe Nullet. Ms. Fisher serves on the
national Board of Directors and is a member of the SVN. SVN is an organization consisting of over 800
visitation providers worldwide dedicated to providing safe parental access for families.
Providers from across the state were present for the proclamation ceremony. Jennifer Stein, Prevent Child
Abuse Georgia Executive Director, spoke about the importance of supervised visitation in keeping
Georgia’s children safe while working to build strong families. Goshen Valley and HCA Health Connect
America/Georgia Hope also partnered in the efforts and spoke about the services that each of their
organizations provide to their communities.
May is recognized as Supervised Visitation Month to help bring awareness to this important service for families around the world. When there are concerns for a child’s safety or well being, supervised visitation ensures that a child is able to participate in visitation with a parent or other family member in a safe, child focused environment. During the month of May, wearing an orange ribbon helped to raise awareness and support safe supervised visitation in our communities. What color signifies safety better than orange? Orange is a bright color used to warn people to watch out and take notice. For this reason, SVN and Supervised Visitation programs across the state have adopted the orange ribbon with the goal that individuals in our communities and around the world see the orange ribbon and take notice of the thousands of children and families in need of this important service.
Wellstar Family Visitation Center, a program of The Children’s Haven, is located at 1083 Marietta Hwy, Canton. For more information about Supervised Visitation, please contact Christina Fisher, Visitation Director, at 470-269-5101 or 770-345-3274 or visit CherokeeChildrensHaven.Org.