Next session: March 20 – May 15, 2017
The divorce support groups will meet every Monday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.
What is KidWorks?
Kid stands for Kids in Divorce. KidWorks is a free support group program for children ages five to eighteen that are experiencing the divorce of their parents. At KidWorks we believe that children need special help to overcome the losses and changes in their life due to a divorce and that honoring that healing process is a necessary component to maintaining healthy relationships in the future.
Who should come to KidWorks?
We welcome children and teens ages 5-18 who are coping with the aftermath of divorce. Divorce support groups are divided into Littles (ages 5‐8), Middles (ages 9‐12), Teens (ages 13‐18) and Adults. All children must be accompanied by one parent or guardian who will participate in the adult support group to discuss the special needs of their children, effective parenting skills and the needs of parents as they cope with their divorce.
What will I do at KidWorks?
Licensed counselors and trained facilitators will lead discussions to encourage and support children who want to express feelings of their family’s division. They will participate in a myriad of activities such as group sharing, art activities, puppet and drama shows, and other planned activities to help them express their concerns during this time of need.
Each week the groups will focus on a different topic relating to divorce.
- Fears and Worries
- Rejection and Resentment
How does group support held children recover from divorce?
Children of divorce may feel “different” from their peers at school, church and sports. And the messages they often hear—be strong or get over it—are based on society’s desire for happiness, success and health. Sadly, for too many children, those messages can be tragically destructive. They may not tell anyone (even in their family) how they think or feel.
At KidWorks, the shared experience 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.
How much does KidWorks cost?
KidWorks Divorce Support Groups are free for children and their parent. We are funded through generous donors and private funding in order to provide these groups. We ask that each individual/family selected strongly consider the stewardship of those who graciously fund this program by committing their time and energy to the entirety of the program.
When is KidWorks offered?
KidWorks meets Monday nights from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. KidWorks is an 8-week program offered three times a year in the spring, fall and winter. The next session will begin on March 20.
Where is KidWorks offered?
KidWorks divorce support groups meet at the ChristianWorks Dallas office.
What is the difference in support groups for children of divorce and counseling?
Divorce support groups should not be confused with counseling and therapeutic treatments. Our KidWorks team supports children of divorce by listening as each child shares thoughts and experiences, often providing benefits to their healing process. Our team will not diagnose or treat mental health issues during the course of the sessions. Our facilities provide a comforting atmosphere for children to feel welcome in expressing their deepest hurts in a group setting. If a child has attended KidWorks and their facilitator feels that he/she might need additional support, we can refer you to CounselingWorks where we have a variety of licensed professional counselors on staff available to provide individual therapeutic services.
How can my family learn more about participating in KidWorks?
New families are required to attend an orientation before attending a group. This meeting will help us place you in a group that we feel will help the needs of your family. It will also provide you and your family with the information needed to participate. If you are interested in signing your child up for KidWorks, please fill out our contact form or contact our Program Coordinator Paola Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-960-9981 ext.115.