Who we are

Joyful Connections exists to minimize the negative impact on children experiencing challenging family situations by providing safe, secure and nurturing opportunities for families to spend time together.

Joyful Connections is based on the premise that children can develop in a healthier manner when they have the opportunity for a relationship with each of their parents that is free from adult conflict and threats of abuse of any kind. Mental Health professionals indicate that children in out of home placements need immediate and frequent contact with their parents to minimize the trauma that can impact their physical and emotional health. Children adjust better and have fewer behavior and emotional issues if they visit their parents on a regular basis.

The need for the services offered by Joyful Connections may be due to issues related to divorce or separation, domestic violence, protection orders, child abuse and neglect or other safety concerns. No matter what the situation is, children want and need to see their parents. Joyful Connections offers a safe haven for children to spend time with their family and stay connected.


Meet our staff

Miss Shanna – Executive Director                                       

Miss Tami – Program Manager

Visitation Monitors

Miss Kathy

Miss Debbie

Miss Shelly

Miss Cathy

Miss Christina

Meet our board of Directors

 John Gibson – Board Chair                     Melinda Slusser 

Patty Cable – Vice Chair                            Howard Whitcomb, III                               

Roger Akins – Secretary                           Mary Wilson                                

Gary Macko – Treasurer                           ShirLee Eberle                               

                                                                               Kim Harsanje

                                                                               Mindy Koskela 

                                                                               Carrie Sanchez

                                                                               Jim Sass




Services are provided 7 days a week