YWCA ending supervised child visits due to costs
Joshua Savyon, 9, was killed by his father, Muni Savyon, during a supervised visit at the Manchester YWCA last August. (UNION LEADER FILE)
The visitation center was the scene of a murder-suicide last August, when Manchester resident Muni Savyon killed his 9-year-old son, Joshua, during a supervised visit.
Meanwhile, new federal regulations will prohibit agencies such as the YWCA from charging parents who use the service. The YWCA charged parents up to $70 an hour for visitation.
New Hampshire courts spokesman Carol Alfano said the court system was aware of the decision and would not comment on the matter.
David Bailinson warned that some parents will not be able to travel to Concord or Nashua, the closest visitation centers still in operation. A privately run visitation center in Amherst closed last month, Zulauf said.
Bailinson said state law presumes a child thrives when both parents are involved in the child’s life as much as possible.
Zulauf said she has explored funding with several sources and spoken to representatives from the offices of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rep. Carol Shea Porter, D-N.H. Should anything change, the YWCA will re-evaluate opening the center.
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