The Kids in Divorce Support Group is a safe, supportive place for children who have experienced the divorce of their parents and its consequences. In the free eight-week program, children and a parent can share their experiences and express their feelings through play, drama, art and other creative activities under the supervision of trained volunteer facilitators. All facilitators have been background check approved.
Why provide support services for kids of divorce?
With an attitude of “being strong” and “getting over it” toward children and families dealing with divorce, our society places value on happiness, success and health. Children of divorce may feel “different” from their peers at school, church and sports. They may also feel the pressure to not tell anyone (even in their family) how they think or feel. At Kids in Divorce the shared circumstance of loss and major changes in their lives frees children to explore, identify and express themselves and to heal from the trauma of divorce. Children of divorce who internalize their personal experience and do not have adequate support may experience depression, school adjustment problems, substance abuse, or other coping problems.
Who should come to Kids in Divorce?
Children ages 5-18 and adults who are trying to cope with the results of divorce will find others like themselves at Kids in Divorce. Groups are divided 5-8, 9-12, 13-18 and adults. Parents or guardians accompanying children have a support group of their own to discuss the special needs of their children, effective parenting skills and the needs of parents dealing with the aftermath of a divorce. The same parent must attend each week with the children. An ex-spouse is welcome to come to another group session at another time.
What will a program participant do at Kids in Divorce?
Using a specifically prepared curriculum to address the needs of kids in divorce, children will do activities through play to help express and talk about their feelings. We use art, puppets, books, games and play to engage children in the group sessions. They are actually having fun while doing some much needed processing of their situation. Facilitators are trained to listen to children and respond in an encouraging, supportive manner.
What is the difference in support for children of divorce and counseling?
Support services are not treatment. They are not counseling. Support is listening, being present to children as they share thoughts and experiences, express feelings and ask important life situation questions. Support includes trusting that a child will share and heal when given a safe environment in which to do this work. Children of divorce are not “broken” and do not need “fixing.” They need to be given a place where they feel comfortable enough to express their deepest hurts.
For a closer look at K.I.D., check out the video below.
Children and families needing additional special services will be referred to licensed professional counselors.
The 2016 Fall session will begin in September.
To Register of For More Information Contact our Kids in Divorce Coordinator Beverly Ritz
You can also download and complete this Registration Form and email to Beverly@northpointecofc.org or drop it by the office in person.