Jake's Parents are Divorcing

Jake's Parents are Divorcing

February 25, 2016

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Jake is 7. There has been a lot of yelling in his house in the last few months. Sometimes he had to cover his ears to go to sleep.

Now Jake’s house is quiet, except when his mother shouts on the phone. Jake’s dad has moved out, and it feels strange. He misses his father a lot. His mother cries more and often stays in her room.

Compassion: The Antidote to Trauma

Compassion: The Antidote to Trauma

By Jennifer Drake-Croft, MSSW | February 11, 2016

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed by negativity?  Turning on the news, you see a stream of violence, drug abuse, scandal and scary statistics.  The weight of our social ills, mental health issues and rates of physical disease can make many feel helpless…or even worse, cynical. One research study is creating hope. See the original article on the STARS website

I'm Sorry, Can We Try That Again?

I'm Sorry, Can We Try That Again?

January 27, 2016

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Mothers and fathers attend Family Center parenting classes to learn techniques that will help them raise happy, healthy children.  In the classes they will also take a look at adverse experiences that affected their own childhood.  Any parent can benefit from the research based curriculum in the classes, which are offered in two counties.

Neglect Affects Us All

Neglect Affects Us All

By Jennifer Drake-Croft, MSSW | October 27, 2015

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Science indicates it can be harder to recover from neglect than physical or sexual abuse. During the early years of life, children form 700 neuron connections per second, which means every second counts for brain building.

The brains of neglected children look different than those who come from nurturing homes. 

Tragedy Changes to Hope

Tragedy Changes to Hope

By Jennifer Drake-Croft, MSSW | October 27, 2015

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Two-year-old Jason doesn’t say many words, but he knows how to take care of himself better than most toddlers his age. He spends most of his day in front of the TV. His surroundings are filthy and there is little to eat.

From Chaos To Calm

From Chaos To Calm

August 26, 2015

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Living in a hotel room with three children ages 2-10, Maria felt completely out of control.  Her youngest son was screaming and clinging to her as her boyfriend yelled and stormed out the door...

An Inheritance You Don't Want

An Inheritance You Don't Want

August 25, 2015

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How would you feel if you knew that the worst experiences you remember from your childhood would be the legacy that you pass on to your children?

Often people parent how they were parented…

Live On The Green Lineup Announced

Live On The Green Lineup Announced

July 27, 2015

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Reserve your night and support The Family Center.

Through an exclusive partnership with Lightning 100, The Family Center has access to the private VIP area. Click to find out more. 

High ACEs Common in Vulnerable Parents

High ACEs Common in Vulnerable Parents

By Jennifer Drake-Croft, MSSW | July 22, 2015

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If there were a way to decrease rates of our leading diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke with one low cost approach, wouldn’t we invest in it?

What if this approach also substantially decreased incarceration, crime and substance abuse?

Improved Parenting Skills and Awareness Trump ACEs

Improved Parenting Skills and Awareness Trump ACEs

July 22, 2015

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As Joy dropped her 4-year old son Luke off at children’s class, she looked exhausted.  

“Luke has thrown three tantrums today,” Joy explained, as she began the second week of her Nurturing Home parenting class.