WellStar Bright Space Opens in Georgia
WellStar Health System, the largest not-for-profit health system in Georgia , Cherokee Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children® recently created a Bright Space® to provide a safe and warm home environment for foster children to rebuild family bonds at the Children’s Haven. The Children’s Haven promotes the health and happiness of foster children, many who are impacted by abuse.
“One of our visions was to create a more appropriate visitation environment for supervised parental visits with foster children,” said Deirdre Hollands, executive director of The Children’s Haven. “There was no safe and secure place for visits. They were happening in fast food restaurants – what do you do with a 3-year-old for two hours in that type of environment?”
The new Bright Space, named the WellStar Family Time Visitation Center, is a warm, homey environment including a full working kitchen, dining room, and living room full of child-appropriate toys and centers. “Because of WellStar and Bright Horizons, we were able to make the Visitation Center very much like a home,” said Hollands.
Bright Horizons manages WellStar’s onsite child care and backup care programs for team members. The WellStar Family Time Visitation Center was created through the new Foundation Champions for Children program, that works with partner organizations to invest in the children of their communities.
“It’s incredible to have the opportunity to create a place where children and families in Cherokee can begin to build a life well lived together,” said Karen Mathews, WellStar director of WorkLife services and Cherokee Chamber of Commerce board member. “WellStar is about enriching the lives of our community. This center will have a tangible impact on families in Cherokee.”