Starting Over is a non-profit organization serving the Douglas County Community by providing volunteers who serve as supervisors during parent-child meetings. Due to a variety of circumstances, a judge has reviewed the home situation of the children and ordered that they be placed in foster care. These parents are allowed to visit their children only with an impartial supervisor present. Before the Starting Over program, parent-child meetings took place in small, state facilities. In contrast, the campus of St. Julian’s provides a warm, hospitable environment with caring supervisors. Despite the often tragic circumstances these children face, one constant remains: the children still love their parents. Starting Over gives these parents just what its name implies – a chance to start over. Starting Over meets on Thursday nights for 1 1/2 hours (6:00-7:30) and Saturday morning for 2 sessions (9:00-10:30 and 10:30-12:00). Volunteer supervisors are briefed on the simple rules for visits, and sign up for the times they can serve. All that is required from volunteer supervisors* is their time, and the desire to help bring families back together.
*Expected time commitment for volunteers is about 1 1/2 hours on Thursday evening, and/or 3 hours on Saturday morning. Because Starting Over is a mission of Saint Julian’s Episcopal Church, certain “Safeguard” trainings for adults ministering to and with children is required. For more information contact the church office at: 770-949-9949, or email Diane Campbell, director of Starting Over, at: ddcamp42