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When life is challenging, people need your help to get a spring back in their step!

Vickie Wessler cares for her adopted daughter and three foster children. Her husband works out of town, so she is essentially a single parent. The three older children have been in individual play therapy, but are not making progress. It's difficult for her to schedule counseling appointments back to back with the children's busy schedule. And if they occur simultaneously, she's not able to participate in each session--which is needed to encourage attachment.

Our new parenting group will allow Mrs. Wessler to learn specific parenting skills to help her children overcome negative behaviors, like food hoarding, bed wetting, anger outbursts, and poor school performance.

If left untreated, the children's adoption could be at risk and they could experience further negative life outcomes. Through the support group, Mrs. Wessler can change the course of their lives, and it will not be up to the community or a future employer to pay the high cost of treating adults with untreated mental health needs.

A new parenting group is available to give them this support, and teach them therapeutic skills they can use at home to connect with their children. Families who participate will experience:
  • increased parental empathy toward their children
  • reduced negative behaviors in children
  • reduced parental stress
  • improved overall family functioning
YOU can help! Give today to Protect Kids and Parents from Crisis. You can also donate toy kits for participating families to take home with them so they can practice the skills they learn to connect and care for their child. These are for families who are at risk of being separated or who have been separated because of trauma, abuse, neglect--or those who are experiencing another type of family disruption.

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