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Prime Time: May is National Supervised Visitation Awareness Month

For nearly 13 years, Northwoods Caregivers has been known as a nonprofit organization committed to serving the needs of seniors and disabled individuals throughout the Bemidji trade area.

However, in the past several years the organization has expanded to also include services for families and children. First City Visitation Services, a project of Northwoods Caregivers, was developed in 2008 with the help of various key partners (including law enforcement, the Sexual Assault Program, Legal Services of Minnesota, Community Education/Early Childhood Family Education and the Beltrami County judicial system). The mission of the project is to provide supervised visits and safe exchanges in a neutral, safe and child-focused environment that enables children to establish or maintain a relationship with their caretakers.

Over the past few years, the project has continued to grow. In 2010 alone, more than 90 supervised visits and 60 safe exchanges were provided.

This month, Northwoods Caregivers joins more than 325 other organizations nationwide in the Orange Ribbon Campaign. The orange ribbon is the symbol used to promote Supervised Visitation Awareness Month. Developed right here in Minnesota, the Orange Ribbon Campaign celebrates safety and reassures families that the services provided are healthy, safe and effective for all involved - especially the children.

For more information on Northwoods Caregivers' First City Visitation Program, contact us at 333-8264 (toll free 888-534-4432 ) or visit our website at