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.