Program helps kids through divorce

Published: Sep. 11, 2017 at 6:08 PM EDT
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(09/11/17) - New Life Christian Fellowship in Grand Blanc hosts the program, "DivorceCare 4 Kids."

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to participate.

Community Outreach Director Janet Polidan says they'll meet and work with other kids going through similar situations, have one-on-one conversations and group discussions with counselors and just have the opportunity to play and be a kid.

"You know, a lot of kids can't verbalize what they're going through, so they act out at school," she explained. "So, what happens is, when they come here, all that energy is worked into games and all those kind of things."

Polidan says every activity has a purpose - from the workbooks to videos to crafts - they're helping the kids cope and work through how they're feeling as their family breaks apart.

One of the key things they make sure to do is allow the kids to have a choice on how they want to spend a portion of the session. Polidan says that's crucial because the kids don't all have the same choices in life that they're used to.

The first meeting is Monday night, September 11th. The kids will get together every Monday for the next 13 weeks, through December 4th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

They're working with a team of 5 trained SafeKeepers that run the program every spring and fall.

"Then at the end, the team gets them together and says well what have you learned? And I tell you, when you go around the circle and you hear one of those kids whether they're 5 or they're 7 or they're 12 and they say, I learned it's not my fault," Polidan said. "It's powerful. We've seen those changes."

It's not critical that you make every session, Polidan says if you can't make it to the first, you can always come next week.

They also offer a program for adults.

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