Doing Good: Bridges Family Center Crosses Divide of Supervised Parental Visits


Love and relationships can be difficult, and not every romantic connection works out. When children are involved things can get even more complicated, but there is a place that can help remove the worry and angst parents experience with supervised visitations.

“I think it’s had a very positive influence on my son,” Bridges Family Center client Jacob Ledbetter shared.

Jacob Ledbetter has the same hopes and dreams for his four year old son Cole as any other parent, but his strained relationship with Cole’s mother was a complication. Ledbetter enlisted the help of the Bridges Family Center in Fayetteville because he was not in a place with his ex that he felt comfortable with face to face interaction.

“A lot of little factors could go on,” Ledbetter explained. “Things where you have ‘he said, she said’ and I was looking for a center that could mediate that.”

Bridges Family Center Founder and President Haley Holstein described the center as a place that offers on site visitations with cameras in the rooms in a private, confidential and comforting environment.

“All of our visit rooms are like living rooms,” Holstein pointed out. “So we try to de-stimulate the visit for the children, so that if there’s a sensory issue, if there’s an anxiety we bring it all down to be a very calming location.”

“She’d tell me about how they’re interacting and how it was very positive and I saw the same from my son,” Ledbetter shared. “I saw him open up more and be the son I knew him to be.”

“We actually had a father had a father this week that said, ‘You know, I was nervous coming here because it’s just a room. But I think I get to know my son better,'” Holstein recounted. 

Ledbetter said his ex also felt some anxiety at first, but she warmed up to it. He has now seen changes in certain behavioral issues with his son, after reestablishing the relationship with Cole’s mother That is all thanks to the family center’s help.

“That brought it all back and I saw a lot of positive growth from my son with the visitation center with Bridges,” Ledbetter explained.

Ledbetter says it is clear Bridges is there for the child and does not take sides when it comes to the parents’ issues with one another. He added the goal is to get to a point where supervised visits are no longer needed, but until that time he remains grateful for the help from Bridges Family Center. Click here to learn about the services and programs Bridges Family Center offers.

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