What is Changeover?
Changeover is the process of transferring a child from one parent’s care to the other. It is also referred to as ‘exchange’ or ‘handover’. Whatever it may be called, the process can be problematic for the family, and the source of stress and anxiety to everyone involved.
What is Changeover Service?
Changeover Services assist separated parents to avoid uncomfortable encounters or conflicts by eliminating the need for the parents to see or communicate with one another, where this is necessary or desired.
Who can use one?
Any separated parents can access our Changeover Service.
We facilitate Changeovers onsite, at our Contact Centre and off-site, at child-friendly locations in the general community
Changeover Services are available 7 days a week from 8:30am – 7:30pm.
Why use a
Why use a Changeover Service?
There are many reasons to access changeover services such as;
- concerns over possible violence;
- court orders preventing direct communication between the parents;
- the need to protect children from exposure to parental conflict; and,
- issues relating to a parent's non-compliance with a court order.
In some cases, there is simply avoid stressful or uncomfortable situations
The Service maintains written records of parents' and children's attendance, arrival and departure times. Supervisors also maintain detailed written records with respect to their observations of behaviour and interactions of both parents and the child/ren. Reports may be provided on request.
To alleviate conflict and assist parents who prefer not to meet face-to-face, we facilitate changeover for the parents, safely exchanging the children, without the need for parents to come into contact with one another.
Kindred Connect holds children’s safety and well-being as the highest priority, but with due regard for the safety and needs of vulnerable adults. With these factors in mind, the Contact Centre separates parents, allocating different street entrances, parking spaces and waiting areas, and we arrange and parent’s arrival and departure times are staggered.