Children’s Rights Council of Northwest Ohio gives children a chance to connect with parents
By Chris Galford
The Children’s Rights Council of Northwest Ohio is built on two foundations: communication and security.
“We get referrals from the domestic court, for parents who have been married, and the juvenile court, for parents who have not been married, and are ordered to have supervised visitation,” said executive director Erin O’Bryan.
Begun in 2000 with the mission of bringing families together in a safe environment, the Children’s Rights Council is a volunteer-based organization that works closely with the courts. Volunteers join a visiting parent and child in a provided room, taking notes but otherwise simply chaperoning the visitation.
“Some (parents) have never met their children, and they come here for the first time to meet. Some haven’t seen them in years, months, so it’s rewarding just to watch the whole thing come together,” Erin said.
The Children’s Rights Council is open Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights, in two shifts: from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm. Volunteers, as well as donations, are accepted and desired. Interested applicants must have patience in spades, be at least 20 years old, and good handwriting for note taking is preferred.
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Children’s Rights Council
4069 W. Sylvania Ave.
Located within Hope United Church
Without your support a child(ren) might not be able to see a parent!