Transitions Family Visitation Center, Inc.
R. Kenneth Elliott Children’s Justice Center
351 E. Kansas St.
Liberty MO 64068
Mission Statement
The Transitions Center provides safe, supervised visits and exchanges between parents and their children under the supervision of a compassionate, trained adult monitor and an off-duty officer who protects the child from any harm, threat or manipulation.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Kim Adams
Board Chair Company Affiliation Clay County Juvenile Office
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The Transitions Center provides safe, supervised visits and exchanges between parents and their children under the supervision of a compassionate, trained adult monitor and an off-duty officer who protects the child from any harm, threat or manipulation.
Background Statement
As the number of divorcing, divorced, and never-married parents who engage in high domestic disputes grow, courts are searching for new and innovative ways to protect children from enduring paternal conflict. Court contact increased with the passage of the family access motion legislation in 1998. While most parents are able to resolve access and exchange disputes, there still are far too many parents who have significant conflicts in relationship and communication styles, destructive competitive behaviors, and a lack of shared vision for raising their children.
 
 
The Transitions Program began in March 1999 in conjunction with the Missouri 7th Judicial Circuit Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution Services for parents and children involved in paternity cases, family access motion, or family court cases.
 
 
On August 16, 2000, a 501 c 3 Not-for-Profit board, "Transitions Family Visitation Center, Inc.", was established as an Advisory Board to review program policies and procedures, aid in fundraising projects, and volunteer recruitment.
 
 
Since then, The Transitions Family Visitation Center encourages families to seek resolutions to visitations and exchanges disputes agreeably, and offers two programs to help parents visit their children.
 
 
Visitation between the parent and child is completely voluntary by the parents. The parents can be referred to the visitation program three ways: paternity cases, Family Access Motion or Family Court. The child must have experienced limited involvement of one or more of the parents for a period of six months or more. The visits are supervised for at the same time and location each week for 60 minutes by a trained volunteer monitor. A paid site coordinator and off duty Clay County Sheriff’s Department deputy are on-site during the visitations to ensure program compliance and safety.
Impact Statement
Our top three accomplishments from 2014 are:
 
  1. 775 supervised visits occurred, serving 82 families, 138 children, and 165 parents
  2. 280 days of safe exchanges occurred, serving 40 families and 56 children
  3. New successful fundraising event – Bowling For a Cause – raised both funds and community awareness
 
 
Our top three goals for 2015 are:
 
  1. Provide a safe and secure environment for all supervised visitation and safe exchanges of children, by and between parents, to reduce the risk children face in high conflict situations
  2. Parents and children will benefit from supervised visitation or safe exchange program
  3. Provide low cost supervised visitation and safe exchanges for low-income families
Needs Statement
Our top five most pressing needs are:
  1. Increase funding for program costs
  2. Increase number of trained volunteers
  3. Additional week night of supervised visitations
  4. Additional incentives for volunteers
  5. Expanded community partnerships for funding, donations, volunteerism, etc.
Service Categories
Family Violence Shelters and Services
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Kim Adams – President of the Board:
I view the Transitions Family Visitation Center as a necessary and important organization for our community. It provides services for the whole family in a way that encourages families to seek resolutions to visitation disputes agreeably in a controlled family friendly atmosphere. I am passionate about this organization because I believe that Transitions provides:
  • Support and resources to parents
  • Protection of children from abuse or witness to abuse
  • A resource to prevent the re-victimization of children
  • Opportunities for children to know their parents
 
The Transitions Family Visitation Center is partially funded by the 7th Circuit Judicial Court. The remainder of our funding is raised through our Advisory Board through fundraising events and grant projects. As way to keep overhead expenses low with staffing needs and to increase community involvement, we train volunteers to serve as monitors for the programs. These volunteers provide the necessary one-on-one weekly interaction, required by the Court, for every family who receives services.
 
Our main challenge is to meet the demand of increasing numbers of families needing supervised visitations due to high conflict situations. To compound this challenge, most of these families qualify as low-income, and pay reduced fees, which do not cover the overhead program costs. To meet these demands, additional funding is needed to train more volunteers, and pay for the on-site staffing for additional weekly visitation sessions. To address this challenge, we are becoming more actively involved in fundraising activities. We held a successful new fundraiser last year, and are working on holding another one this Fall. Also, we have been able to work with local businesses to secure donations to use as incentives for volunteers to help meet the extra demand placed on their time and personal resources. Lastly, we are actively pursuing additional grant projects to help with larger program needs.
Programs
Description
Supervised visitation is a program that allows the non-custodial parent to see his/her child(ren) in a supervised setting. There are many reasons why supervision may be needed such as substance abuse, domestic violence, and allegations of sexual abuse – just to name a few. Visitation is also a tool that can help families as they go through difficult or transitional times such as legal separation and divorce. This program is important because it provides opportunities for children to know their parents, yet designed to ensure that a child can have safe contact with an absent parent.
 
 
There is an intake fee and a fee for service for this program. Intake interviews are required prior to starting supervised visitations and have a non-refundable fee of $50 for each parent or party to pay. The weekly fee is determined on a sliding scale basis depending on the parents’ annual income. We are currently supervising visits on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at the Transitions Center in Liberty, MO. There are two sessions offered per evening. Once in the program, visits continue until further order of the Court or by agreement of attorneys.
Category Human Services, General/Other Children's Protective Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
The program’s short-term success will be identified as:
  • Decrease disagreements between parents involved in access disputes (Decrease in 75% of cases)
  • Improve appropriate contact between parent and child (Increase in 85% of cases)
  • Increase the number of parents utilizing program services (both Transitions and other community-based) to establish a better relationship with their child(ren) (Increase in 50% of cases)
  • Increase in number of parents who move toward unsupervised visitation after completing the program (Completion of 75% of cases)
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for the supervised visitation program is to provide a safe, warm, secure, and friendly place, where children can have supervised weekly visits with their parent(s) in a non-threatening environment.
Program Success Monitored By
The program will monitor success by data collected through:
  • Participant survey forms
  • Court reports
  • Monitor’s observation reports
  • Number of referrals made to other agencies for other services needed by parents
Examples of Program Success
There was an unmarried couple who had split up when dad ended the relationship. The mom became very angry and would not let him see their children. Mom even made accusations that the children were afraid of their dad.
Both parents hired an attorney and went in front of a judge. The judge ordered supervised visitation so the interaction between the dad and the children could be documented. With supervised visitation a trained volunteer monitors the visit and is a neutral third party who reports only the facts. The monitor's documentation showed that the interaction went well and there were no visible signs of any type of fear or apprehension from the children.
In the end, this family ended up with joint custody. The dad was very upset in the beginning when he learned he would have to see his children supervised, however upon completing the program, he said the program was definitely what helped him receive joint custody. The children benefited because they were able to spend dedicated time with their dad while the custody dispute was occurring, and ultimately had a better relationship with him after the program ended.
Description
Safe exchange is a child-friendly monitored exchange program to help parents reduce the stress of custodial exchanges of their children. Exchanges take place at a neutral location monitored by a Transitions staff person. Arrival and departure times are staggered so that parents have no direct contact. Children are under the supervision of a person attentive to their needs while at the exchange site. Children are less anxious and more relaxed during departures and arrivals. There is a one time in-take fee of $20 per parent, and all exchanges are free.
 
 
Families who benefit from Safe exchanges:
  • Conflict has been experienced during exchanges
  • Parents do not agree on exchange arrangements
  • Law enforcement has become involved in exchanges
  • Conflict has been experienced during exchanges
  • Parents are subject to an order of protection
 
Transitions Safe exchange locations:
  • 1001 N.W. Barry Road, Kansas City Police Department (North Patrol Station), Kansas City, MO
  • Children's Justice Center, 351 E. Kansas, Liberty, MO
  • Transitions Center, 9 S. Leonard, Liberty, MO
Category Human Services, General/Other Children's Protective Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
The program’s short-term success will be identified as:
  • Decreasing disagreements between parents involved in exchange disputes (Decrease of 85% of cases)
  • Increase the number of parents utilizing program services (both Transitions and other community-based) to establish a better relationship with their child(ren) (Increase in 25% of cases)
  • Increase the number of parents who successfully resolve their exchange disputes without returning to court to continue the dispute (Completion of 75% of cases)
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for the safe exchange program is to provide a safe, warm, secure, and friendly place, where children can have exchanges with their parent(s) in a non-threatening environment.
Program Success Monitored By
The program will monitor success by data collected through:
  • Participant survey forms
  • Court reports
  • Monitor’s observation reports
  • Number of referrals made to other agencies for other services needed by parents
Examples of Program Success
There was a family court ordered to exchange at Quick Trip at 6:00pm on Friday evenings. Their children were preschool age and could not tell time. The mom would pick them up from preschool on Friday and go directly to Quick Trip, approximately 4:00pm. Mom would wait in the parking lot sometimes up to 30 minutes and then leave, telling the kids their dad obviously didn't care about seeing them because he didn’t show up. Dad would arrive at 6:00pm and he would also wait about a half hour and then leave.
 
 
Dad kept reporting to his attorney that mom wasn't bringing the kids, mom kept telling her attorney that she was there, both parents were telling the truth, however, mom failed to tell what time she was really showing up for the exchange. It was only after dad's attorney subpoenaed the Quick Trip video did all the facts come out.
 
 
The family was then court ordered into the Transitions Safe-Exchange program where they would go through a third party that would help coordinate the child exchange. Both parties sign in and sign out which makes both parents accountable to be there at the court appointed time. The Transitions Safe-Exchange Program brought much needed resolution to this case.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Experience/Biography Prior to coming here, my background entailed over 10 years of working in both administrative and clinical roles in the non-profit sector with mental health advocacy organizations. During that time I earned a Master’s degree in Social Work with a Child & Family emphasis. The last position I held was the Executive Director for NAMI Dallas. My current responsibilities include the overall management of the Transitions programs and all aspects of the programs' operations.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 5
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Volunteers 34
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Kim Adams
Company Affiliation Clay County Juvenile Office
Term Jan 2014 to Jan 2016
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Kim Adams Clay County Juvenile Office
Ms. Tiffany Baldner Clay County Children’s Division
Mr. Mike Belfonte Attorney at Private Practice
Mr. Steve Elliott Pharmaceutical Sales
Mr. Rhett Konneman Clay County Juvenile Office
Ms. Dawn Kuhlman Kuhlman Conflict Solutions, LLC
Mr. Greg Lebold Financial Advisor
Ms. Pam Palmer Attorney at Private Practice
Sgt. Chris Raymer Kansas City Police Department
Mr. Andrew Roffmann Attorney at Private Practice
Ms. Janet Rogers Clay County Juvenile Office
Mr. Bill Shull Attorney at Private Practice
Mim Simpson Clay County Juvenile Office
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2015
Projected Revenue $30,000
Projected Expenses $30,000
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$33,123$32,371$29,612
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.880.891.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$55,790$59,831$63,516
Current Assets$55,790$59,831$63,516
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$55,790$59,831$63,516
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCC Juvenile Center $6,825CC Juvenile Center $5,050 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Transitions Family Visitation Center, Inc.
Address R. Kenneth Elliott Children’s Justice Center
351 E. Kansas St.
Liberty, MO 64068
Primary Phone (816) 736-8400
Board Chair Ms. Kim Adams
Board Chair Company Affiliation Clay County Juvenile Office
Year of Incorporation 2000