Family Law Attorney Kathryn Kornblum-Zelle begins trying to build coalition to start up a dedicated, supervised-visitation site.
Unaware of Kornblum-Zelle's efforts, Kay Pechin, also a Family Law Attorney, begins doing the same.
Zelle enrolls in University of Southern Indiana to begin Masters Studies in Social Work, maintaining her private law practice throughout.
Pechin and Zelle meet, compare experiences in Family Law and unite to organize and incorporate the Parenting Time Center.
Parenting Time Center opens its doors for business at 101 NW 10th Street, in downtown Evansville. Staff begin marketing campaign to educate the public about PTC. Doors are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week for the convenience of the families.
PTC partners with the City of Evansville and the Department of Metropolitan Development through the Federal Office on Violence Against Women for a Safe Havens grant. This grant allows for no-cost visits for qualifying families.
Core Team and Consulting Committee gather throughout the year to collaborate on revisions to policies and procedures, and safety and security plans, to meet Safe Havens standards. PTC staff nominated for a Celebration of Leadership Community Organization Award.
Efforts stepped up to increase awareness of Parenting Time Center services in Vanderburgh County and to publicize information about services being offered in a larger geographic area.
Provided 6619 hours of service for 207 children and 288 parents, a record number of families. Domestic violence was the main reason for 3678 of the hours. Hosted the first annual "Spellbound Ball", a gala to raise the much-needed funds to continue to provide services for area families in crisis.
Received significant grants from the Women's Fund and the Men's Fund of Vanderburgh County through the Community Foundation Alliance. Hosted the first annual "Wine and Dine on Main," an opportunity for guests to enjoy cuisine provided by local caterers and wines from local wineries while helping to financially support the Parenting Time Center.
Judge Mary Margaret Lloyd with Vanderburgh County Superior Court was awarded a Justice for Families grant that funded several services for families where domestic violence and/or sexual assault were present. These services included establishing a Protection Order Assistance Office at the courthouse, training guardians ad litem on recognizing and handling cases where children live in homes where domestic violence is present, and supervised visitation/safe exchange services at Parenting Time Center.
Parenting Time Center collaborated with Vanderburgh County Community Corrections, 4C of Evansville, Evansville Christian Life Center, Mothers at War, Vanderburgh County Volunteer Lawyers, and NOW counseling to obtain a Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children. This grant recognizes an estimated 1.7 million children in the United States have at least one parent in prison, which does not include the children who have a parent in jail. The funding under this grant provides programs and services that support the needs of these children, such as mental health issues, substance abuse issues, and trauma-related issues, to improve healthy child development and reduce the likelihood of intergenerational criminal behavior.
Judge Lloyd was awarded a second grant to provide funding for services at Parenting Time Center for domestic violence cases. Provided 5,497 hours of services for 250 children to be able to spend safe time with a parent