Children's Safety Centers
Children's Safety Centers (CSC) was founded in 1991 by a visionary woman. After her husband was convicted of beating their four-year-old son with a board she was ordered by the courts to provide visitation between her children and their father. As a victim of domestic violence, she knew that a place for visits was needed where both she and her children would be safe.
In 1993, CSC began with one site in St. Paul serving 20 families. Today, CSC has grown to serve more than 800 families at locations in St. Paul, Lakeville, Cambridge, Red Wing, and Lake City.
CSC serves families who have a variety of histories, including:
â€¢ Physical, emotional and sexual abuse
â€¢ Chemical dependency
â€¢ Mental illness
â€¢ Domestic violence
â€¢ Children separated from their parents
Families are often referred to CSC through the court system or government agencies such as child protection services. In order to utilize any of our program services all parties (custodial parent, non-custodial parent, foster parent, or grand parent as applicable) must complete the registration and orientation process. During this process, CSC ascertains why the client is interested in using our services, what program would best suit their needs, and the ground rules and guidelines required for program participation. All clients must sign off on these guidelines, stating that they will follow the procedures or risk termination of services. After all parties complete registration and orientation, a visitation or safe exchange is scheduled and children are able to rebuild or maintain healthy relationships with their parents.
What new functionality we are looking for
There are many things CSC would like to see in a new website, including:
*Online registration for appointments and scheduling
*Online registratino for golf tournament
*Full service listing and schedule
*Information for referral sources and clients
*Calendar of special events
*Forms available to be filled out and submitted online for clients, volunteers, potential employees, etc.
How the new functionality will help
Our current website is incredibly outdated and many of our clients find it difficult to navigate or say that it doesn't serve their needs. An updated site will provide necessary convenience to our clients to find the information they need and omit the need to call the office and have those documents sent through the mail or via email. Although many of our clients have access to the internet, most of them do not have printing capabilities. Being able to fill out and submit forms on line would remove this obstacle for our clients.
With a fully functional website, we will reduce the need for our clients to come in to make payments, drop off information, or connect with our staff; and therefore reduce the liklihood that they will be placed in the uncomfortable and unsafe situation of running into someone they fear.
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