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Jul 28, 2014 1:13 PM by Faye DeHoff

Parent-aide visitation center now open in Tucson

TUCSON -The Devereux Arizona's Parent Aide Family Visitation Center is now open in Tucson after a ribbon cutting ceremony last week.

The Parent Aide Family Visitation Center was named "Emma's House" after the first little girl in the Devereux Arizona Parent Aide program who successfully transitioned back home to live with her father. Little Emma and her dad were also present at the ceremony and participated in the ribbon cutting.

Emma's House provides a safe, family-friendly environment for supervised visitation and parent education to parents involved with the child welfare system. Children are able to visit their biological family, while they are placed away from their parents in out-of-home care. Devereux's Parent Aide program has been providing services in Pima County since May 2012 and has grown from one parent aide to a full-time staff of 16 who now serve more than 80 families and nearly 100 children every day.

Parent Aides provide parents with support and education on positive parenting, developmental milestones, relapse prevention, and how to access community resources. Lane Barker, Executive Director, commented, "The grand opening of Emma's House will allow us to serve more Tucson families in a very positive, safe, and healthy environment. We are proud of our Parent Aide staff and the work they do to build healthy relationships and reunite families. Parenting can be challenging in the best of circumstances and we want the community to know we are here to support families and provide them with resources and hope for the future."

Devereux is a leading national nonprofit behavioral health network with centers in 11 states. With offices in both Phoenix and Tucson, Devereux Arizona supports many of the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities. To learn more about Devereux Arizona, call 520-296-5551 in Tucson or 480-998-2920 in Phoenix, or visit DevereuxArizona.org <http://www.devereuxarizona.org/>.

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