Approved Provider of Florida Department of Children and Families


Children Experiencing Change of Divorce

Change can be very difficult for everyone but especially Children, since they don’t truly understand what or why certain Change has happened.


  • Children dealing with divorceDivorce/Separation
  • Remarriage
  • Family Member with Drug or Alcohol Issues
  • Family Member with Mental Illness
  • Family Member Incarcerated
  • Death in the Family
  • Family Member Away/Back from Military Service

“Children in Change” is an 8 Week Group Therapy for Children facing Change in the Family. Our Groups are divided into Groups of 8-11 year olds (Elementary) and 12-15 year olds (Middle School). We keep the Groups small with 6 – 8 participants as to establish trust amongst its participants. Each Group is 8 weeks, each session is 90 minutes long and will cover the following topics:

        • Sharing openly in a safe environment about family changes
        • Encouraging and recognizing the expression of feelings
        • 􏰀Learning to offer support to one another
        • 􏰀Establishing that children are not to blame for adult situations
        • Helping children identify the trustworthy adults in their lives
        • Aiding children in coping with change in healthy ways
        • Acknowledging and teaching about feelings of grief and loss

The benefit of this Group is the development of individuals becoming capable of applying new coping skills (techniques) at home and school when they feel overwhelmed by emotion but are unable to express those feelings, which may come out in a negative manner. When divorce/separation/loss/parent abandonment/family drug or alcohol abuse is discussed amongst peers, children/adolescents begin to feel less guilty or shameful. Being able to talk about their struggles and hear others struggling with the same can take away some of the negativity or anger they may feel.

COST: $250 for 8 Sessions

WHO: 8-11 Year Olds (Elementary)
WHEN: Call for next dates

WHO: 12-15 Year Olds (Middle School)
WHEN: Call for next dates

WHERE: BayBrooke Center
4995 49th Street N
St Petersburg, FL  33709

HOW: Call 727.827.7890
Space is limited and Payment in Full is due at time of Registration


Stages of Loss for Children

Bridge to Benefits MinnesotaLinks families and individuals to public Work Support Programs and tax credits such as Health Insurance Programs, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, School Meals, Child Care Assistance, Earned Income Tax Credit, Working Family Credit

Child Abuse Intervention and Prevention

Child Care

Children’s Law Center of MinnesotaPromotes the rights and interests of Minnesota’s children in judicial, child welfare, and health and educational systems

Children’s Safety Centers (Supervised Visitation and Supervised Drop Off-Pick Up for St. Paul and LakeVille)

  • 651-774-4990

Domestic Violence Resources

Network of Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Programs

Program Name                                                     Crisis Line #
1) DOVES, Gering ……………………………………….866-95-DOVES
2) North Central Quad County Task Force, Valentine … 877-376-2080
3) Domestic Abuse/Sexual Assault Services, McCook …. 877-345-5534
4) Rape/Domestic Abuse Program, North Platte ……… 888-534-3495
5) Parent-Child Center, Lexington …………………….. 800-215-3040 or
En Español …………………….. 866-351-9594
6) Sandhills Crisis Intervention Program, Ogallala ……. 308-284-6055
7) Healing Hearts and Families, Broken Bow ………….. 800-942-4040
(formerly CEDARS Family Violence Services)
8) The S.A.F.E. Center, Kearney ………………………. 877-237-2513
9) The Crisis Center, Grand Island …………………….. 866-995-4422
10) Spouse Abuse/Sexual Assault Crisis Cntr, Hastings … 877-322-7272
11) Center for Survivors, Columbus ……………………. 800-658-4482
12) Haven House, Wayne ………………………………. 800-440-4633
13) Bright Horizons, Norfolk ……………………………. 877-379-3798
14) Voices of Hope, Lincoln ……………………………. 402-475-7273
(formerly Rape/Spouse Abuse Crisis Center)
15) Friendship Home, Lincoln ………………………….. 402-437-9302
16) Project Response, Auburn ………………………….. 800-456-5764
17) Hope Crisis Center, Fairbury ……………………….. 877-388-4673
(formerly Blue Valley Crisis Intervention)
18) The Bridge, Fremont ……………………………….. 888-721-4340
19) Heartland Family Service Program, Papillion ……… 800-523-3666
20) WCA-Women Against Violence, Omaha ……………. 402-345-7273
21) Catholic Charities—The Shelter, Omaha …………… 402-558-5700

Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution- approved Mediation Centers

Contact the center listed below that serves your county to schedule mediation at the location most convenient to you.

Mediation West, Scottsbluff 800-967-2115 or 308-635-2002
Arthur, Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Hooker, Keith, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux

Central Mediation Center, Kearney 800-203-3452 or 308-237-4692
Adams, Blaine, Buffalo, Chase, Clay, Custer, Dawson, Dundy, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Garfield, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Howard, Kearney, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Merrick, Nuckolls, Perkins, Phelps, Red Willow, Sherman, Thomas, Valley, Webster, Wheeler

Concord Mediation Center, Omaha 402-345-1131
Douglas and Sarpy Counties

Nebraska Mediation Center, Fremont 866-846-5576 or 402-753-9415
Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Burt, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Rock, Stanton, Thurston,
Washington, Wayne

The Mediation Center, Lincoln 402-441-5740
Lancaster County

The Resolution Center, Beatrice 800-837-7826 or 402-223-6061
Butler, Cass, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, York

Reading Resources for Parents

  1. Chedekel, David S., and O’Connell, Karen. “The Blended Family Sourcebook: A Guide to Negotiating Change.” McGraw-Hill, 2002.
  2. Deal, Ron. “Smart Stepfamily, The: The Seven Steps to a Healthy Family.” Bethany House Publishers, 2006.
  3. Frisbie, David, &, Frisbie, Lisa. (2005). Happily Remarried. Eugene, OR. Harvest House Publishers.
  4. Gabe, Grace., & Lipman-Blumen, Jean. (2004). Step Wars: Overcoming the Perils and Making Peach in Stepfamilies. New York, N.Y. St. Martin’s Press.
  5. J. Ziegahn, Susan. (2002). The Stepparent’s Survival Guide. Oakland, CA. New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
  6. L. Deal, Ron. (2002). Smart Stepfamily: New Seven Steps to a Healthy Family. Bloomington, MN. Bethany House Publishers.
  7. Long, Nicholas & Forehand, Rex. (2002). Making Divorce Easier on Your Child: 50 Effective Ways to Help Children Adjust.
  8. Newman, George. (2006). 101 Ways to be a Long-Distance Super-Dad… or Mom, too!
  9. Thayer, Elizabeth, & Zimmerman, Jeffrey. (2001). The Co-Parenting Survival Guide: Letting Go of Conflict After a Difficult Divorce
  10. Zuckerberg, Joan, & Schneider, Meg. (1996). Difficult Questions Kids Ask and Are Afraid To Ask About Divorce

Blended Family Resources

  1. LeBey, Barbara. (2005). Remarried with Children: Ten Secrets for Successfully Blending and Extending Your Family. New York, N.Y. Bantam Dell.
  2. Martin, Wednesday. (2009). Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act The Way They Do. New York, N.Y. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
  3. Marsolini, Maxine. “Raising Children in Blended Families: Helpful Insights, Expert Opinions, and True Stories.” Kregel Publications, 2006.
  4. Penton, John, & Welsh Shona. “Yours, Mine, and Hours: Relationship Skills for Blended Families.” BookSurge Publishing, 2007.
  5. Philips, Susan. (2005). Stepchildren Speak: 10 Grown-Up Stepchildren Teach Us How to Build Healthy Stepfamilies. Vancouver, WA. AYWN Publications.
  6. Wisdom, Susan, & Green, Jennifer. “Stepcoupling: Creating and Sustaining a Strong Marriage in Today’s Blended Family.” Three Rivers Press, 2002.
  7. Wooding, Scott. (2008). Step Parenting and the Blended Family: Recognizing the Problems and Overcoming the Obstacles. Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

Parenting and Divorce Resources

  1. Ahron Ph. D, Constance. (1998). The Good Divorce: Keeping Your Family Together When Your Marriage Comes Apart.
  2. Baris, Mitchell, & Garrity, Carla. (1988). Children of Divorce: A Developmental Approach to Residence and Visitation.
  3. Blakeslee, Sandra, & Wallerstein, Judith. (2003). What About the Kids?: Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce. New York, N.Y. Hyperion.
  4. Corcoran, Judy, & Ross, Julie. (1996). Joint Custody with a Jerk: Raising a Child With an Uncooperative Ex
  5. Emery, Robert. (2004). The Truth About Children and Divorce: Dealing with the Emotions So You and Your Children Can Thrive.
  6. Fisher, Bruce, & Alberti, Robert. (2005). Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends. Impact Publishers.
  7. Ford-Blackstone, Jann., & Jupe, Sharyl. “Ex-Etiquette for Parents: Good Behavior After a Divorce or Separation.” Chicago Review Press, 2004.
  8. Forehead, Rex., & Long, Nicholas. (2002). Making Divorce Easier on Your Child: 50 Effective Ways to Help Children Adjust. New York, N.Y. McGraw-Hill.
  9. Garrity, Carla, & Mitchell Baris. (1997). Caught In the Middle: Protecting the Children of High-Conflict Divorce.
  10. Garon, Risa. (2000). Stop! In the Name of Love for Your Children: A Guide to Healthy Divorce.
  11. Hetherington, Mavis E., & Kelly, John. (2002). For Better or For Worse: Divorce Reconsidered. New York, N.Y. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
  12. Knox, David, & Kermit, Leggett. (2000). The Divorced Dad’s Survival Book: How To Stay Connected with Your Kids.
  13. L. Deal, Ron., & Petherbridge, Laura. (2009). The Smart Stepmom: Practical Steps to Help You Thrive!. Bloomington, MN. Bethany House Publishers.
  14. Margulies, Sam. (2001). Getting Divorced Without Ruining Your Life: A Reasoned, Practical Guide to the Legal, Emotional, and Financial Ins and Outs of Negotiating a Divorce Settlement.
  15. Ousky, Ron D., Webb, Stuart G. (2006). The Collaborative Way to Divorce: The Revolutionary Method That Results in Less Stress, Lower Costs, and Happier Kids Without Going to Court. Penguin Group.
  16. Sammons, William & Lewis, Jennifer. (1999). Don’t Divorce Your Children: Protecting Their Rights and Your Happiness.
  17. Stile, Shelley. (2009). 95 Transformational Tips for Letting Go and Moving On After Your Divorce. Shelley Stile.
  18. Thomas, Shirley. “Parents are Forever: A Step-By-Step Guide to Becoming Successful Coparents After Divorce.” Springboard Publications, 2004.
  19. Trafford, Elizabeth. (1992). Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce and Building a New Life, Revised Edition
  20. Triere, Lynette, & Peacock, Richard. (1993). Learning to Leave: A Woman’s Guide
  21. Warshak, Richard A. “Divorce Poison: Protecting the Parent-Child Bond from a Vindictive Ex.” Harper Paperbacks, 2003.
  22. Wittmann, Jeffrey. (2001). Custody Chaos, Personal Peace: Sharing Custody with an Ex Who Drives You Crazy

Reading Resources for Kids

  1. A. Meyers, Susan. (2005). Callie and the Stepmother. Austin, TX. Blooming Tree Press.
  2. Cohn, Lisa., & Glasser, Debbie. (2008). The Step-Tween Survival Guide: How to Deal with Life in a Stepfamily. Minneapolis, MN. Free Spirit Publishing Inc.
  3. D. Block, Joel., & S. Bartell, Susan. (2001). Stepliving for Teens: Getting Along With Stepparents, Parents, and Siblings. New York, N.Y. Price Stern Loan.
  4. Kantor, Melissa. (2005). If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince?. New York, N.Y. Hyperion.
  5. McCann, Marcy. (2001). Chealsea’s Tree. Woodstock, VA. Inspiration Publications.
  6. Simon, Norma & Flavin, Theresa. “All Families Are Special.” Albert Whitman and Company, 2003.
  7. Foster, Brooke Lea. “The Way They Were: Dealing with Your Parents’ Divorce After a Lifetime of Marriage.” Three Rivers Press, 2006.
  8. Holyoke, Nancy, & Nash, Scott. “A Smart Girl’s Guide to Her Parents’ Divorce: How to Land on Your Feet When Your World Turns Upside Down.” American Girl Publishing, Inc., 2009.
  9. Lamotte, Elisabeth Joy. “Overcoming Your Parents’ Divorce: 5 Steps to a Happy Relationship.” New Horizon Press, 2008.
  10. Levins, Sandra. (2005). Was it the Chocolate Pudding? A Story for Little Kids About Divorce. American Psychological Association.
  11. Masurel, Claire. (2003). Two Homes. Cambridge, MA. Candlewick Press.
  12. Ricci, Isolina. (1997). Mom’s House, Dad’s House
  13. Schmitz, Tamara. (2008). Standing on My Own Two Feet: A Child’s Affirmation of Love in the Midst of Divorce. New York, N.Y. Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  14. Sindell, Max. “The Bright Side: Surviving Your Parents’ Divorce.” HCI, 2007.
  15. Stern, Zoe. (2008). Divorce Is Not the End of the World: Zoe’s and Evan’s Coping Guide for Kids. Berkley, CA. Tricycle Press.