Safe Passage Center
Montgomery County's Supervised Visitation & Monitored Exchange Program

The Safe Passage Center (SPC) for Supervised Visitation and Monitored Exchange is a "family friendly" and safe access site for families in Montgomery County, MD, with a Montgomery County Court Order.  The Center's goal is to enable children to remain close to both parents regardless of the family situation or parental conflict.  The Center is staffed by trained visit monitors and security guards who remain neutral in family disputes.  The Center has evening and weekend hours and features separate parking lots, entrances and waiting rooms so that parents do not meet on site.

What are reasons for referring to the Safe Passage Center for visitation and/or monitored exchange?

  • Domestic Violence
  • Mental Health Concerns
  • Substance Abuse Issues
  • Extended Parental Absences
  • Child Neglect and/or Abuse
  • Family Conflict
For more information about the Safe Passage Center Program, please CLICK HERE to download the brochure.

What services are available at the Safe Passage Center?  

Supervised Visitation
Allows parents in high conflict or high risk situations to maintain their bond with their children and have access to their children in a safe and supervised environment.  There is no contact with the other parent, which allows for a less stressful visit for the parent and child(ren).

Monitored Exchange
SPC staff will supervise the transfer of a child from the residential to the visiting parent at the start of the parent/child contact, and back to the residential parent at the end of the contact.  The supervision is usually limited to the exchanges, and the remainder of the parent/child visit is unsupervised.

What features are in place at the Safe Passage Center to ensure the safety of the parent(s) and their child(ren)?
  • On site security staff
  • Secure screening with metal detector
  • Staggered arrival and departure times
  • Separate entrances and exits
  • Separate waiting areas for residential and visiting parents
  • Cameras at the entrances and in hallways
  • Separate Parking Lots
What does this cost?

The service is offered free of charge to Montgomery County residents.  The Safe Passage Center is funded by Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and operated by Family Services, Inc. (FSI)

The Safe Passage Center is a member of the Supervised Visitation Network (SVN).  The SVN is an international membership network that establishes standards and ethics, promotes education and advanced professionalism in the field of supervised visitation.  For more information on the SVN, please visit www.svnetwork.net.




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