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About Us

Vision:

Sunflower Kids envisions diverse communities that are free of violence.

 

Mission:

Sunflower Kids uniquely supports Kentucky families and safe communities through Supervised Visitation Services. Sunflower Kids values safety, justice, and respect so that all individuals are empowered to live free of violence.

 

Guiding Principles:

Sunflower Kids provides supervised visitation services that are based on the following guiding principles, adapted from guidelines developed by the Office on Violence Against Women:

  • Equal regard for the safety of child(ren) and adult victims;
  • Services that demonstrate value for and understanding of the diverse backgrounds, circumstances and cultures of the communities and families we serve;
  • Services that incorporate a comprehensive understanding of the nature, dynamics, and impact of domestic violence;
  • Services that treat every individual with fairness and respect;
  • Services provided in collaboration with agencies and local coordinating councils that promote child and adult safety and batterer accountability, and meaningful access to resources, protections and services.

 

Organized as a nonprofit agency in 2001, Sunflower Kids was created to respond to the need for a safe, affordable, and supervised child visitation setting, mainly for families affected by domestic violence and child abuse. We are proud to have served over 700 families since 2003.  To learn more about us, click the links below:

 

Contact Us

Mailing Address:

Sunflower Kids

1060 Cross Keys Rd.
Suite 160
Lexington, KY 40504

 

Phone: 859.268.0487
Fax:
859.268.0928

 

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Our Lexington Center

1060 Cross Keys Rd.
Suite 160
Lexington, KY 40504

(Located on the ground floor of Parkside Apartments)

 

Our Georgetown Satellite Center

550 Bourbon Street
Georgetown, KY 40324

(Located within the new Georgetown Police Department building)

 

 

Our History


The timeline below shows the collaborative efforts made to help Sunflower Kids bring families together:


1997

The position of Child Access Coordinator (CAC) is created for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government to support and facilitate the safe visitation of children and their non-custodial parents.


1998
The CAC begins contracting with the local organization, Supervised Visitation, Inc., to administer supervised visitation and monitored exchange services.


2000
The Domestic Violence Prevention Board officially recognizes the need for supervised visitation and monitored exchange services


2001
Supervised Visitation, Inc. is reorganized as a non-profit organization and renamed Sunflower Kids


2001
Sunflower Kids establishes relationships with all of the primary domestic violence agencies including the YMCA, Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, and the Division of Police


2003
Lexington Fayette Urban County Government is awarded a federal Safe Havens grant as part of the Violence Against Women Act, ensuring that federal funds are appropriated to expand supervised visitations and monitored exchange services to enhance the safety of victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and stalking


2003
Safe Havens Advisory Council is formed with representatives from other community agencies dedicated to supporting the victims of family violence

 

2010

Lexington Fayette Urban County Government is awarded a new federal Safe Havens grant.  As a result of this grant, Sunflower Kids overhauls all policies and procedures to incorporate the Safe Havens Guiding Principles.

 

2012

Sunflower Kids moves into our current location, a brand new facility provided by AU Associates.  This new facility helps Sunflower Kids increase capacity to serve even more families.

 

2012

Sunflower Kids begins serving clients referred for reasons other than domestic violence, which includes child abuse, substance abuse, mental health issues, and a variety of other reasons.

 

2013

Sunflower Kids begins the process of opening a second center in a rural community.

 

2014

Sunflower Kids opens a part-time satellite center in Georgetown, KY in order to serve more rural clients.


Beyond
Families are brought together

 

Our Centers


Sunflower Kids has two locations!  Our primary location, located in Lexington, KY, operates with 4 visitation rooms and a security area.  Our satellite location, located in Georgetown, KY, operates with 2 visitation rooms.


While both centers provide a warm, friendly environment, Sunflower Kids uses a variety of safety mechanisms to ensure that both parents and children are protected from harm while visiting:

  • Staggered arrival and departure times

  • Separate entrances and exits

  • Surveillance cameras and buzz/lock entrances

  • Trained visitation monitors

  • Off-duty law enforcement officers

  • Metal detector wand

These measures were instated to ensure that court-ordered visitation can occur while no-contact Domestic Violence Orders remain in place.


Our main office is located on the bottom floor of Parkside Apartments at 1060 Cross Keys Road, Suite 160 in Lexington, Kentucky 40504.

 

Our part-time satellite center is located within Georgetown Police Department at 550 Bourbon Street, Georgetown, KY 40324.

 

Our Leadership


Board of Directors


Board Chair: Mandy Higgins -  Commonwealth of Kentucky

Secretary:Alex Prokes - University of Kentucky

Treasurer: Michael Wells - Pieratt's