Looking for something family friendly to do this weekend?
Family Partnerships has an event set for Saturday that might be right up your alley. The group has an afternoon of music, food and games planned to raise money to build a playground for kids who are from troubled families.
Family Partnerships is the organization that oversees supervised visits between children and their parents. It serves families from many parts of Pasco County.
Money raised during the Aug. 11 event will help fund a playground on the site where the supervised visits take place in West Pasco. The idea is to create an atmosphere that’s more child-friendly for families that are dealing with separation due to divorce, drug abuse and other circumstances.
“Beyond this event helping at-risk children reconnecting with their parents in a safe and encouraging environment at Family Partnerships, the event is going to be a great time for children,” said Jeremy T. Simons, an event organizer, local attorney and Patch columnist.
The event, Simons said, will have a “petting farm, a bouncy house, face painters, live music, wonderful food and a playground.”
It takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. at Forest Glen Lodge, 7435 Plathe Road in New Port Richey. Forest Glen also serves as the site for supervised visits. Money raised during the event will go directly to the playground fund.
“Everyone is making sure we place the children first in the same way Family Partnerships does," Simons said.
The nonprofit Family Partnerships provides one of Pasco's only supervised visitation centers and runs under a contract with Eckerd Community Alternatives, Simons said. Another visitation center in Dade City handles only domestic violence cases, he added.
In addition to the supervised visits, Family Partnerships has drug testing and classes in parenting skills that include showing the danger of shaking babies. The organization also uses dolls that mimic a baby’s actions and needs to teach parents how to deal with a real infant.
The goal is to teach the parents how to care for their children and move to unsupervised visits and ultimately regain custody, Simons said.
To find out more about the playground project or to make a donation, visit Family Partnerships online.