ALEX & BRANDON CHILD SAFETY CENTER
The Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center provides a welcoming place where families in crisis can visit
The Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center is the first visitation center in Minnesota built specifically for visitation and exchange purposes. The Center, located in Brainerd, provides services that are either not available in our four-county region (Crow Wing, Cass, Aitkin or Wadena counties) or are available on a limited basis only.
Although the Center has gone to great lengths to assure a "user-friendly" nature, safety has not been neglected. Custodial and non-custodial parents arrive at different times and enter different doors; doors between the two areas are kept locked so there is no contact between the parents. Cameras constantly monitor both the inside and outside of the building. Outside doors are locked at all times and no one is admitted without identification. Trained personnel are on duty during visitations and exchanges.
Since the doors opened in September of 2000, the Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center has engaged in a variety of activities aimed at achieving the goal of helping families become safe and nurturing members. The most visible of these activities are the supervising of visits and safe exchanges. To date, over 6,900 supervised visits and over 2,800 safe exchanges have been successfully completed. In 2011 there were 1529 supervised visits and 278 safe exchanges. This has kept the center so busy that additional staff was required.
Sundance, the Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center's first therapy dog and a favorite among visiting children, died in 2008 at age 15. Certified by the Delta Society, Sundance worked with staffer Julie on animal- assisted activities for more than seven years. Julie is currently training her new dog, Bailey, to take over where Sundance left off. Though she is not yet certified as a therapy dog, Bailey sometimes assists with visits as part of her training. Cuddly and capable of crowd-pleasing tricks such as dancing and walking on her back legs, Bailey is already a much-requested member of the Safety Center team.
If you would like an Alex & Brandon brochure, are interested in arranging a supervised visit or safe exchange, or have a church or community group interested in learning more about the Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center, please call 218-828-0022. We are also available via fax at 218-828-1122 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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