The County’s new Safe Passage Center is a “family-friendly” and safe access site for families with a Montgomery County Court Order for shared custody and child visitation. The Center’s goal is to provide children safe options to be in contact with both parents regardless of the family situation or parental conflict. The Center is staffed by trained visitation monitors and security guards who remain neutral in family disputes. It features separate parking lots, entrances and waiting rooms so parents do not meet on site.
Services available at the Center are supervised visitation, which allows parents in high conflict or high-risk situations to maintain their bond with their children and have access to their children in a safe and supervised environment, and offers a monitored exchange program for parents with visiting rights.
Referrals to the Center are from the District and Circuit Courts. Services are free for Montgomery County residents. The Safe Passage Center is funded by the County’s Department of Health and Human Services and operated by Family Services, Inc.
More information about the program is available from press release.
Link to Bethesda Beat article: Montgomery County Opens New Center for Child Visitation and Monitored Exchanges