Family Services

Family Services

Family Services

These services are offered to families in Cape Girardeau County who are involved with Missouri Children’s Division, but can be provided to others in the community who may be eligible.  Parenting classes are offered to parents in the community at large.

Supervised Visitation

Helping to keep families connected.

Supervised Visitation and Safe Custody Exchange enable children to maintain connections with parents with whom they are not living by protecting the physical and emotional safety of the children and their families, including the safety of parents who have been victims of domestic violence.

Supervised Visitation takes place on-site at our Cape Girardeau EPIC offices or at an approved local setting in Cape Girardeau County.

Qualified “monitors” observe visits in the safe setting. Visits do not serve as opportunities for evaluations. Monitors can identify needs for other services described below such as Nurturing Parent, Service Delivery Coordination, Parent Aide or Parenting Inside Out and make recommendations accordingly, but they are not there to make assessments or evaluations.

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Enhanced Supervised Visitation

EPIC provides Enhanced Supervised Visitations where parents have been identified as in need for intervention of some sort.  The most basic is where the monitor develops a plan to be a part of the visit to help facilitate relationship building, which may include taking part in games or activities with the family. 

This service is offered in Cape Girardeau County.

Supervised Custody Exchange

The Supervised Custody Exchange program allows EPIC staff to provide parents or guardians in high conflict situations a safe and neutral place for exchanges of children that occur when visitations require it. Parties who are involved in high conflict divorce, paternity, modifications, Child Protection or Adult Abuse cases where children are involved are all appropriate for the program. It is free to the parents at this point and a court ordered is required.

This service is offered in Cape Girardeau County.

Service Delivery Coordination

When parents have a Written Service Agreement or an order from the court to obtain certain services, Service Delivery Coordination can be arranged.  In this situation, a person familiar with navigating agencies that provide services in the community can help the parent(s) obtain the service needed by providing assistance with transportation or help with understanding and/or filling out forms. This mostly involves identifying appropriate resources for problem solving. 

This service is offered in Cape Girardeau County.

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Parent Aide

When a parent needs assistance in the home with things like establishing a safe physical/home environment, basic life skills, or age-appropriate parenting skills, a parent aide can be assigned to the family.  These services are designed to take place in the home typically with the children present.

These services are offered in Cape Girardeau County.

Transportation

EPIC can help transport individuals, including parents and children, to most services within Cape Girardeau County.

Nurturing Parenting

With this program, parents take an assessment that seeks to help identify strengths and weaknesses with parenting.  A facilitator then uses individual lessons that are designed to help the parent develop positive parenting skills with nurturing behaviors, promote healthy physical and emotional development, and teach appropriate role and developmental expectations. These can happen in the home or on site but typically happen before a supervised visit and the parent then applies the lesson during the visit.

Parenting in an EPIC Way

EPIC offers parenting classes to the community at large using an evidence-based parenting skills training program. Classes typically last six weeks.  

Our next series starts Tuesday, May 30, 2023.  Classes are held on Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm at the EPIC office, 210 N. Sprigg St. in Cape Girardeau.

Contact Stacey to sign up at  573-579-5466 or coordinator@epicprevention.org.

Therapy

Epic offers therapeutic services for individuals, children, families, or couples to treat trauma, anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and ADHD. Anger management and play therapy are also offered. Contact Beth at therapy@epicprevention.org or 573-587-1921 for more information.

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