In November of 2019, Aaron found himself in the worst position possible. He had lost custody of his child and was in jail on drug charges. While waiting for his hearing, he vowed to change his life and build a relationship with his child. As part of his release, he was assigned a case manager to help him get back on his feet. Through his own request, he was connected with a social worker who laid out a plan to help him see and ultimately regain custody of his child.
That summer, he started supervised visitation. But it wasn’t easy. In order to stay away from the people in his old life, Aaron was living nearly an hour away from the visitation site. Staying committed, Aaron called in favors to make sure he had a ride to and from visits and worked overtime to save up for his own car. In addition, Aaron regularly attended Narcotics Anonymous meetings, became involved in his church and was promoted to shift lead after only a few months in his job.
Aaron kept in regular contact with his social worker and brought a list of questions to each visit with his child so he could make sure he was prepared to one day welcome them home. Having had a difficult childhood himself, Aaron’s child had finally given him a reason to get clean. Today, Aaron has been clean for over a year and has regular, unsupervised visits with his child. He has maintained his job and has his own car and apartment. He credits the supervised visitation team with his success as a father. Having supported visits helped him build his confidence as a parent and encouraged him to continue on the right path.
Supervised visitation is just one of the many ways Family & Children’s Place protects and heals children and families. All services and programs are free of charge to families, meaning we rely heavily on the generosity of the community. To make a gift in support of Aaron and many others, please visit famchildplace.org/donate.