EVERETTE HODGE COMMUNITY CENTER
15-21 Franklin Street
Kingston, NY 12401
Program Director: Tina Barrett
Assistant Program Director: Paula Perez-Francisco
Visitations conducted by trained facilitators.
Program Hours: By appointment
PRIMARY FUNCTIONS: Supervises visitations ordered by the Family Court to observe and evaluate the interaction between the non-custodial parent and their child(ren).
ANCILLARY SERVICES: Modeling proper parenting behavior and providing parenting information for both custodial and non-custodial parents; information and referrals for any needed parenting or case management services; and report to court on all observed visits.
In September 2019, responsibility for the Supervised Visitation program moved from the Darmstadt Shelter to the Kingston Cares program held at the Everette Hodge Community Center, also in Midtown Kingston. The Hodge Center offers extensive youth programs throughout the year and it was determined that the facility was better suited to serve the children and families participating in Supervised Visitation. The Center has a variety of spaces, set up for children of all ages, allowing the program to host multiple visits at one time. The Center also has an outdoor space for parents to play with their children. During supervised visits, the center is often closed to the public, giving the families a more comfortable environment to conduct their visits. The program typically works with 5-8 families each month. Since the program moved locations and additional facilitators were hired, there is no longer a waiting list. A second reason that the program was shifted to the Hodge Center was the fact that we would be able to provide multiple visits at one time and ensure that there are two staff present when the visits are held.