East Tennessee woman works to help children feel safe in supervised family visits

Positively Tennessee

An East Tennessee woman works tirelessly to help children in crisis, mainly those whose parents have court-ordered supervised visitation.

Betsy Miller is part of a nonproft group helping hundreds of children in Sweetwater and Cleveland, Tennessee.

“We are not an advocate for either party,” Betsy told us. “We are an advocate for that child. So, we will assist the families if they need parenting classes, anger management courses, domestic violence awareness and prevention, of course.”

Books titled, “Mommy’s Black Eye” and “The Night Dad Went to Jail” line the shelves at Solomon Family Solutions. These types of books are ones you hope to never have to read, but they are helpful for children living that nightmare, and they’re paired with positive messages throughout supervised visitation rooms.

Here, it’s Betsy Millier’s mission to help kids who’ve been removed from their homes, feel safe during visitation with their mom or dad.

The group also offers art therapy and several children have painted pictures of a smiling Betsy , a testament to her special way with kids who are hurting.

Chelsey Burrell is a foster mom of a ten-year-old girl, and is coming by Betsy’s office to check in.

She says Betsy and her staff often smooth the way during tough parental visitations.

“She’s ten,” says Chelsey of her foster daughter, “but she’s been through a lifetime of a mess. Betsy, she has stood up for her, making sure she has what she needs and I know 100 percent Betsy has her best interests at heart.”

Betsy is certified in family mediation and is an important part of this nonprofit organization. 

As a former 911 dispatcher, she heard so many calls for help that it changed the course of her life.

We asked what it means to Betsy when people like Chelsea come back and say “thank you.”

“They hug your neck and say thank you, yeah, yeah, that I break down on, it’s a rare occurance but it is…it means more than they know.”

If you’d like to help Betsy and Solomon Family Services, they need the following items:

  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Connect 4
  • Barbie Clothes
  • Play Doh
  • Etch-a-Sketch
  • Checkers
  • Baby Dolls
  • Card games
  • Kleenex
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sofa – preferably leather, to help keep it clean
  • Chair – preferably leather to help keep it clean
  • Desk chairs

To donate: call Solomon Family Solutions at 423-790-3747 or visit  www.solomonfamilysolutions.com/donate
 

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