Joyful Connections - 8200 West State Route 163, Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449

History of Joyful Connections

When the Leadership Ottawa County Class of 2007 began to think about their class community project, they sought information from various individuals about needs within the county.  One need that was identified was the need for a place where children could be kept safe and free from conflict while estranged or divorced parents exchanged children for visitations. 

The LOC Class of 2007 understood the need and decided to make their class project one that would educate the public on the sometimes precarious and unhealthy position that children are placed in when parents divorce.  Their goal was to find a nucleus of concerned citizens that would take up the cause and follow through with opening a supervised visitation and supervised exchange center. 
The result of that project was a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe, secure, and home-like environment where children’s visits with a non-custodial parent are supervised and children can visit without fear or threat of violence.  Joyful Connections also provides services where children can be exchanged for visitation in a supervised setting without witnessing conflict and physical abuse between their parents. 
In October 2008, Joyful Connections opened its doors for service, and since that time, Joyful Connections has served 86 families, which include 136 parents, 22 grandparents and 118 children.  The need for services has grown steadily.  Joyful Connections currently schedules at least 21 visits per week, which equates to about 125 hours of family visits per month.  Referrals come from the Ottawa County courts, the Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services (OCDJFS), attorneys and self referrals.