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 Family Tree Parenting Time Program

Division Director: Deb Bittner

What We Do

The Family Tree Parenting Time Program provides a safe environment for children to spend time with their non-residential parent(s), keeping safety of the child and the victim parent as the highest priority, through supervised visits and safe exchanges.

Multiple Location
Karlis Family Center                                             Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church                        
1777 Kipling St.                                                       7691 South University Blvd.                                          
Lakewood, CO 80215                                             Centennial, CO  80122 (Weekends Only)                         
Phone: (303) 462-1060                                       
Fax: (303) 462-1315
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Parenting Time Application (English) >>

Parenting Time Application (Spanish) >>
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Supervised Parenting Time
The Supervised Parenting Time Program provides a trained personnel to supervise contact between a child and his/her non-residential parent in a safe, neutral, and homelike environment.  Most referrals involve families with histories of domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse or mental illness. No court order is required for supervised parenting time.

Parent Coaching:
Non-clinical, evidence-based curriculum.

Safe Exchange Program
The Safe Exchange program provides a safe and comfortable place for children to wait for contact with the non-residential parent under the supervision of Parenting Time Program staff.  Without the Parenting Time Program, parents with protection orders use public places and police departments for exchanges allowing children and the victim parent to be exposed to intimidation, manipulation, parental violence and conflict.

To Make A Referral:
1. Each party must contact the Parenting Time Program at Karlis Family Center at (303) 462-1060 to complete an application.  We can email, fax or mail the application to the client.  She/he can also stop by to pick it up.

      Hours of operation are:

        Monday - Friday      12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
        Saturday - Sunday   8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

2. Then, each party must complete a face-to-face orientation.  Please determine who is the paying party.  Parenting time fees are determined per court order and sliding fee scale.  To proceed toward the orientation clients need to:

  • Provide a copy of the most recent court order and/or restraining order if one is in place.  We DO NOT require a court order to use the program.  If the court orders are too thick to conveniently fit into an envelope, please send a copy of only the pages relevant to the supervised parenting time portion of the order.  Then bring the entire court order with you to your orientation.
  • Complete the Parent Information Form that is included with the application.  Please do not leave anything blank.  Please be certain to fill in your income even if you are not responsible for payment so that we can use the data for grant purposes.  This is confidential information.
  • Sign the Fee Schedule that is included with the application.
  • Provide proof of income (either your last three pay stubs or your W2 form from last year).


3. After the Program Assistant receives BOTH applications, the non-residential parent will be scheduled for a face-to-face orientation.  Once that is complete, the residential parent is scheduled for his/her orientation.  After BOTH orientations are complete and PAID, clients will be scheduled as promptly as possible for the first parenting time session with the child(ren).  This entire process can take 2-3 days or months, depending on how quickly both parties complete the application and schedule their orientations. 


Volunteers needed: if you are interested, email Erika Nelson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parenting Time Leadership Team
Division Director
Deb Bittner
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A big thank you to our Family Tree partner Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church!
They have graciously offered their church for the Parenting Time Program. 


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