Children's Safe Harbor receive $550K grant to help operations

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – More than a half million dollars will reopen a part of a local group that helps families through supervised visits.

Children’s Safe Harbor recently had to shut down their supervised visitation because they didn’t have funding, but those will begin once again with a $550,000 Justice for Families grant through the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. The money will now go to expanded supervision as well as Safe Child Exchange Services. Children’s Safe Harbor Executive Director Megan Brechon says the new funding will help.

“While we’re without the service, people were being ordered supervised visitation still. However, they have made to had to provide that in a way that is not as safe as we can. All of our staff is trained. We have a number of safety and security procedures in place to ensure that we are protecting children and victims from post-separation violence and abuse,” says Brechon.

Brechon says the money will also help Children’s Safe Harbor expand their hours and provide training to the community.