Sarah, a bright 10-year-old, got news she never expected. Her parents were getting divorced. Dad had been abusive. Through the divorce, supervised visitation was required. It’s important for a child’s development that the parent-child connection is fostered.
“I love both my parents. Why is this happening?” Sarah asked with tears in her eyes. To top it off, Sarah was living with her mother who—before the divorce—had been a stay at home mom. They had no source of income. Most nights this left Sarah and her mother hungry. That is until they met Family Pathways. Through the visitation program, they were also connected to their local Family Pathways Food Shelf.
“I love both my parents. Why is this happening?”
Our goal is always to take our clients’ needs and desires into consideration when helping them meet their needs. In Sarah’s case, we not only wanted to ensure she and her mother were getting the support they needed for their mental and emotional health by creating a safe space for Sarah and her dad to connect on a regular basis, but also the nutrients they needed for their physical health.
Sarah’s mother was overwhelmed with gratitude. “Thanks to you, my little girl is smiling and playing again. I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done for our family.”