Child Visitation & Exchange Center
CVIC’s Kids First center provides a positive, child-friendly place for supervised parenting time and monitored exchange services, ensuring children can have safe contact with an absent parent during a family crisis like divorce, violence, separation, child abuse or neglect. Family connection is valued for all. Staff are respectful and nonjudgmental.
- The center is equipped with safety enhancements including a walk-through metal detector, electronic monitoring systems, and alarm buttons with a direct connection to law enforcement.
- Comfortable, furnished spaces with games and activities help support quality family time.
- Staff observe visitations, are available for questions, provide feedback and promote positive parenting skills.
- We coordinate schedules to ensure there is no contact between adults when exchanging children for on or off-site visitations.
Services are free to clients.
Appointments and intake sessions are required.
Kids First Hours:
Monday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (after 5 p.m., exchanges only)
Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Contact Kids First: 701-787-5806
Schedule a visit or exchange
Contact Kids First directly. Involved parents/guardians must agree to using the program and participate in separate intake appointments prior to beginning services.
The court may order a family or individual to obtain supervised parenting time or exchange services through protection, custody or divorce orders. We will work with the court and families to accommodate requirements and accountability.
Agency or Attorney Referral
We accept referrals from social service agencies, attorneys and other agencies who work with families.
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all visitations are currently being provided virtually.
Kids First Benefits
Children adjust more easily to crisis and loss when conflict is reduced and routines are predictable. The key to a successful parent-child relationship is the quality of time spent together, not necessarily quantity.
- Children maintain a relationship with both parents, an important factor when adjusting to family dissolution
- Children can anticipate visits without stress or worry about what is going to happen – they enjoy visits in a safe, comfortable environment away from parental conflict
- Custodial parents do not have to communicate or have contact with the other parent – all arrangements are made by Kids First staff
- Noncustodial parents maintain contact with children when visits are court ordered due to allegations of abuse, neglect or other reasons. Parents and children can maintain contact without fear of new allegations; observers monitor all visits and maintain the safety of all.
- If needed, our specialists can help parents enhance their parenting skills.